In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a man from Bethlehem in Judah left the country because of a severe famine. He took his wife and two sons and went to live in the country of Moab.
The man's name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. During their stay in Moab,
Elimelech died and Naomi was left with her two sons.
The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later,
both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her husband or sons.