Ruth 1:1; Ruth 1:3; Ruth 1:5-0; Ruth 1:12; Ruth 1:21-22
During the time of the judges, there was a famine in the land. A man left Bethlehem in Judah with his wife and two sons to live in the land of Moab for a while.
Naomi's husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons.
both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two children and without her husband.
She and her daughters-in-law prepared to leave the land of Moab, because she had heard in Moab that the Lord had paid attention to His people's [need] by providing them food.
She left the place where she had been living, accompanied by her two daughters-in-law, and traveled along the road leading back to the land of Judah.
She said to them, "Each of you go back to your mother's home. May the Lord show faithful love to you as you have shown to the dead and to me.
May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the house of your [new] husband." She kissed them, and they wept loudly.
"No," they said to her. "We will go with you to your people."
Return home, my daughters. Go on, for I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was [still] hope for me to have a husband tonight and to bear sons,
I left full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has pronounced [judgment] on me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
So Naomi came back from the land of Moab with her daughter-in-law Ruth the Moabitess. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.