by Wayne Blank
Ruth and Naomi Widowed
"In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there."
"But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years; and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband." (Ruth 1:1-5 RSV)
Ruth Accompanies Naomi Back To Bethlehem
"So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of Barley harvest." (Ruth 1:22 RSV)
Noami Arranges For Ruth To Meet Boaz
"Now Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz." (Ruth 2:1 RSV)
"Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not seek a home for you, that it may be well with you? Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor." (Ruth 3:1-2 RSV)
"And he said, "May you be blessed by The Lord, my daughter; you have made this last kindness greater than the first, in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear, I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of worth." (Ruth 3:10-11 RSV)
Boaz Marries Ruth
"Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. Also Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from the gate of his native place; you are witnesses this day."
"Then all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May The Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you prosper in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem; and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the children that The Lord will give you by this young woman." So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife." (Ruth 4:9-13 RSV)
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