Naomi and Ruth, Ruth 1:1-9

Naomi and her husband Elimelech and their two sons Mahlon and Kilion
left Israel because of a famine. Naomi and her family were in Moab for over ten years. Elimelech, Mahlon and Kilion all died while they were in Moab, leaving Naomi with only two daughters-in-law as family.

Naomi then made plans to go back to her people in Israel. Ruth the Moabitess who had married one of Naomi’s sons said she would go with Naomi, her mother-in-law, to Israel. Over the next few images see how this decision of Ruth’s panned out.

Naomi now very old and a widow and now she had a younger woman to look after she had returned to her own people and her own town Bethlehem.

Naomi in Hebrew means: Pleasant.

Background Reading:

Naomi’s Family

1:1 Now there came a time of famine while judges were ruling in the land of Israel. A man from Bethlehem of Judah, his wife, and his two sons left to live in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelech, his wife’s name was Naomi, and their two sons were named Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah. They journeyed to the coun4try of Moab and lived there for some time. 3 Then Naomi’s husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons. Each of her sons married Moabite women: one named Orpah and the other named Ruth. After they lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Chilion died, leaving Naomi alone with neither her husband nor her two sons.

Naomi Returns to Judah

6 She and her daughters-in-law prepared to return from the country of Moab, because she had heard while living there how the LORD had come to the aid of his people, giving them relief. 7 So she left the place where she had been, along with her two daughters-in-law, and they traveled along the return road to the land of Judah. 8 But along the way, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law, “Each of you go back home. Return to your mother’s house. May the LORD show his gracious love to you, as you have shown me and our loved ones who have died. 9 May the LORD grant each of you security in your new husbands’ households.” Then she kissed them good-bye, and they cried loudly.
Ruth 1:1-9


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