5 “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. It’s about loyalty: to God, to family, to each other.  |  Most important, she never lost sight of where her true refuge lay​—with her protective Father, Jehovah God. Ruth was willing to do hard, humble work to provide for herself and Naomi. 3 Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. (b) Why was Naomi’s treatment of her daughters-in-law commendable? 14 Naomi was not so easily persuaded, though. Choosing a husband, marrying him, Ancestors of Jesus We need it in marriage, we need it in family relations, we need it in friendships, we need it in the Christian congregation. 19 Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. God loved Ruth and Naomi. Then he went back to town. She even felt that her name should be changed from Naomi, which means “My Pleasantness,” to Mara, which means “Bitter.” Poor Naomi! 14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. 20 “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. 3. That someone was Naomi. Ruth and Naomi came to Bethlehem as poor widows, but they soon became prosperous through Ruth’s marriage to Boaz. Bible References. (b) How did Naomi try to persuade Ruth to leave her? Years after that son died, along with Naomi’s husband and other son, Naomi encouraged her daughters-in-law to go back to their families in Moab. 16:16, 17) Naomi managed to keep her faith alive. PRIVACY POLICY, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/m/1102013250/univ/art/1102013250_univ_sqr_xl.jpg, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/a/ia/E/wpub/ia_E_lg.jpg, Share Ruth wisely drew close to Naomi during a time of grief and loss. Because of Ruth’s commitment and love for Naomi, and her refusal to turn back from what she knew was the path she should take, God blessed her tremendously. 9-11. Love: Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz. A remarkable man of faith, Boaz greeted his workers​—some of whom may have been day laborers or even foreigners—​with the words: “Jehovah be with you.” And they responded in kind. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. We don’t know what stirrings caused her to cling to her impoverished Hebrew mother-in-law, Naomi, so adamantly. Your widowed sister-in-law has returned to her people and her gods. In the wake of her devastating loss, Ruth may have drawn even closer to Naomi and listened willingly to the older woman as she spoke  about the almighty God, Jehovah, his wonderful works, and the loving, merciful way he dealt with his people. After marrying local women the two sons die, as does Naomi’s husband, leaving her alone with her two daughters-in-law. The Story of Ruth (second panel) Thomas Rooke, 1876, 1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz. 22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. This redemption comes in the form of a relative of Naomi’s named Boaz. The women there would peer at her and say, “Is this Naomi?” Evidently, her sojourn in Moab had left her much changed; her countenance and bearing showed the mark of years of hardship and grief.​—Ruth 1:19. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. 17 It is noteworthy that Ruth did not use only the impersonal title “God,” as many foreigners might; she also used God’s personal name, Jehovah. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. (Gen. 24:3, 4) Later, the Mosaic Law warned the Israelites not to let their sons and daughters marry foreigners, for fear that God’s people would be led into idolatry.​—Deut. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. 6, 7. 21 Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed. Today you are witnesses!” 18 So they traveled on, just the two of them now, on the long road to Bethlehem. 5 A famine in Israel had convinced Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, that he must move his wife and two sons away from their homeland and take up living in Moab as aliens. Young People 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.” (a) How did Ruth demonstrate loyal love? (See also the pictures of the two women.). We will discuss the matter in the following chapter. Ruth is an example of loyal love not only in her decision to leave her family and her country to go with Naomi to Bethlehem but throughout the book as she lives out her promise to stay with Naomi and to make Naomi’s God her God. They perfectly reveal a precious quality, loyal love. 6 At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. (b) What can we learn from the tragedies that befell Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah? Ruth’s only knowledge of the true God was what she had seen of Him in Naomi’s character. 15 What about Ruth? Bible Study Activities has a list of films with similar themes. Her daughter-in-law Ruth is a foreigner, not even an Israelite – which meant a lot at that time (see Ruth’s world ). In fact, it … Yet the greatest blessing was not the money, the marriage, or the child; it was the quality of love and respect between Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi. 3 What would move a young woman to make such a drastic change? 14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.” (b) How did Ruth’s journey differ from that of Naomi? In the ancient Near East in those days, widows were treated badly. Women in the Bible​—What Can We Learn From Them. 9 May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. If we want to have a Ruth and Naomi relationship with our mother-in-law or daughte-in-law (or any other relationship for that matter), we’ve got some very good principles to follow. 26, 27. It really did seem more practical to remain in Moab. 13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. RUTH walked beside Naomi on a road that stretched across the high, windswept plains of Moab. Naomi’s people would become her own people, for Ruth was ready to leave behind everything she knew in Moab​—even the Moabite gods. The love that Ruth felt was so strong and so loyal that she would stick with Naomi wherever she went. The book of Ruth is such a touching love story and such a charming tale of emptiness to abundance that we can easily think there is nothing more to it. 24, 25. It swelled with love for Naomi​—and for the God whom Naomi served. Above all, though, he sought to commend and encourage her. (2 Tim. (a) Describe the journey of Ruth and Naomi and the burden of grief they carried. Try a reflection on this story: Trust in God or Friendship, Ruth could not be budged. The Love of Christ is the Banner Over his Saints. 31 If we show loyal love as Ruth did and follow her example in humility, industriousness, and appreciation, we will find that our faith too will become a helpful example for others.

This is a summary of the Biblical account of the lives of Ruth and Naomi. IN THE Bible you will find a book called Ruth. One day she heard, perhaps from a traveling merchant, that the famine in Israel was over. Ruth, Naomi and Boaz: a story of loyalty and love, Bible Women The book of Ruth is a love story in more ways than one. 10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. 20-22. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”. Ruth 4:17. He made sure that she had food to eat at lunchtime. The move must have presented challenges to the faith of each family member, for Israelites needed to worship regularly at the sacred place Jehovah had designated. 11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. Ruth dedicated herself to Naomi – Read Ruth 1:6-18. 10 What would Ruth and Orpah do? “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.” Naomi voiced her grief over the death of her husband and sons but never stopped trusting Him to do something about her situation. 8 Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. Love: Nehemiah for Israelites. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Deuteronomy 25:5. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. Bible Story Time: Preschool thru Grade 1: Read The Story of Ruth and Naomi (or read from your own store bought children's bible).. Grades 2 and 3: It's tough to know when it's the right time to start readings from the Bible, but if the children have been read a children's version of the story in the past, I believe this is a good age to introduce the King James (or your preferred) bible reading. May he become famous throughout Israel! (Eccl. The region consisted mostly of high, sparsely  wooded tablelands cut through by deep ravines. 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. Naomi and her family, it seems, had once been quite prominent in that little town, for the whole place was buzzing with the news of Naomi’s return. Love: Obadiah for the Prophets. Ruth, in turn, could understand and give godly compassion and strength back to her. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. Naomi led Ruth to the living God of Israel. 24 It was the time of the barley harvest, likely in April by our modern calendar, and Ruth went to the fields to see who would let her work under the provision for gleaners. Anything Ruth learned from Mahlon or Naomi about the loving and merciful God of Israel, Jehovah, surely struck her as a marked contrast. 4 Ruth grew up in Moab, a small country that lay to the east of the Dead Sea. 16 As she faced Naomi on that lonely road, Ruth’s heart was sure and clear. So, with a heavy heart, she kissed Naomi good-bye and turned away.​—Ruth 1:11-14. She also became the great-grandmother of King David, and in that way she was also an ancestor of Jesus Christ Himself. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. The book of Ruth has been described as a small gem, a masterpiece in miniature. Ruth supported her mother-in-law with her loyal love and her hard work, becoming in the process an archetype of sacrificial loyalty. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. The Love of Christ: Exemplified Towards: His Apostles. 19 There is no shortage of grief in this world. She thanked Boaz for speaking to her so reassuringly. Lie here until morning.” Love between women is honored in the lives of Biblical figures Ruth and Naomi. At any rate, both Ruth and Orpah were fond of Naomi. How, though, did Jehovah provide for Ruth and Naomi? In ‘As Good As It Gets’ an over-burdened young woman finds love with a wealthy older man. Ruth and Naomi Relationship Principles. 26 Ruth probably neither hoped nor expected to be noticed, but she was. 17:17. After their husbands died, Naomi urged both of them to remarry. He granted it, and then Ruth got right to work.​—Ruth 1:22–2:3, 7. That, in fact, was why Ruth first came into contact with Mahlon and his family.​—Ruth 1:1. Unlike Orpah, Ruth could wholeheartedly say that she wanted Naomi’s God, Jehovah, to be her own God as well. And they went to Moab and lived there. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. Doing the Right Thing Often Takes Great Sacrifice. 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. (a) To what did Orpah return? 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. Far from being condemned, Ruth’s feelings are celebrated. As a kinsman-redeemer, Boaz can fix the pair’s problems in one fell swoop by marrying Ruth and providing an heir for Naomi’s deceased husband, thus preserving the family’s land in their name. Notes one reference work: “After her husband’s death, normally a widow had to rely on her sons for support; if she had none, she might have to sell herself into slavery, resort to prostitution, or die.”. Jehovah ruled through love, not terror. Imitate Their Faith, Audio download options 22 To those kinswomen and neighbors of years past, Naomi revealed how bitter her life had become to her. 19:9, 10; Deut. 22 Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David. 18 This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron. And she lived with her mother-in-law. This simple domestic drama offers profound lessons about love, loss, faith, and loyalty that can benefit us all. (a) Why did Naomi’s family move to Moab? She came to know and value someone who knew Him well. 23 So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. Selfless Love. The Love Story of Ruth Naomi and her husband with their two sons leave Israel to escape drought and settle in the nearby country of Moab (today’s Jordan). 2 Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. 15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. 20 Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon. 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. Love: Roman Christians for Paul. Yet, as you read through the Bible, you may agree that the book of Ruth is beautifully placed in the Bible canon. Ruth gets her happily ever after by marrying Boaz, but there is also the love that Ruth shows to Naomi by refusing to abandon her. But Ruth felt such devotion to her mother-in-law she refused to leave. We learn, just like Ruth and Naomi did, that when we forge these cross-generational relationships we mature and grow, nurture and sustain one another. 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” Naomi blessed Boaz and explained the family connection: “The man is a close relative of ours, a kinsman-redeemer” (2:20). Would you remain unmarried for them? 21 Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’” 15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. The only things in Ruth’s favor were her loyal love to Naomi and her commitment to the God of Israel. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. As far as Ruth knew, she was going back to … a. Orpah went back to her people. Ruth, Tamar, Rahab I cannot do it.”, Possession of a man’s sandal was tangible evidence that a transaction had taken place; this could be backed up by the witness of ten men of good standing in the community, 7 (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth and Orpah. Your people will be my people and your God my God. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. 8 So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal. (Deut. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough. (Read Deuteronomy 6:5.) How so? It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!” Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— In learning the answers, we will find much to imitate in the faith of Ruth the Moabitess. She chanced upon the fields of a man named Boaz, a wealthy landowner and a relative of Naomi’s dead husband, Elimelech. Boaz saw her and asked the young foreman who she was. 29 How those words must have encouraged Ruth! The Interpreter’s Bible comments: “The writer thus emphasizes that this foreigner is a follower of the true God.”, ^ par. 6 Naomi might well have suffered again later when her sons married Moabite women. She remonstrated: “Look! 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