Ruth and Naomi

English Language Study for Russian Orthodox Learners

Ruth and Naomi

Ruth and NaomiThe story of Ruth is told in The Book of Ruth of the Holy Bible.  It is about a kind and devoted young woman who did not want to leave her mother-in-law.

It happened at the time when Israel was ruled by judges.  Famine came to the land of Judаh.  One man took his wife, Naomi, and their two sons out of Bethlehem to the land of Moab.  Soon the man died, and his family remained there about ten years.  The sons married women from Moab.  Their names were Orpah and Ruth.

Then both Naomi’s sons died.  She lost all her family; only her two daughters-in-law remained.  Naomi learned that there was no more famine in Judah and decided to go back.  So she set out from the place where she was, with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.  But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house.  May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.” (Ruth 1:7-8)

Both young women cried.  They loved Naomi so much that they did not want to leave her.  And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” (1:10)  But Naomi insisted.  She knew that life in Judah would be difficult for her daughters-in-law.

Finally, Orpah agreed to return to her mother and said good-bye to Naomi.

Ruth firmly decided to stay with her mother-in-law.  “…where you go I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried.” (1:16-17)

Ruth always remained with Naomi.  In Bethlehem she married a rich man, and became the mother of a boy.   Her son, Obed, was the grandfather of David, the great king of Israel.