During the timea of the judges, there was a famine in the land. A man left Bethlehemb in Judah with his wife and two sons to live in the land of Moab for a while.
The man's name was Elimelech,c and his wife's name was Naomi.d The names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathitese from Bethlehem in Judah. They entered the land of Moab and [settled] there.
Naomi's husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons.
Her sons took Moabite women as their wives: one was named Orpah and the second was named Ruth. After they lived in Moab about 10 years,
both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two children and without her husband.