Ruth And Naomi
This story is found in the Bible in a book about Ruth.
There was a famine in Israel and the food was all gone, Elimelech took his wife Naomi and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to live in the country of Moab.
The family lived there for ten years and both their sons married girls from Moab. It was a sad day for Naomi when her husband and both her sons got very sick and died.
Naomi loved her sons’ wives, Orpah and Ruth. ‘Stay here with your own people and your gods,’ she said, ‘You will find new husbands, but I must go back home to my own country.’
So Orpah went back to her own people, but Ruth would not leave Naomi. ‘I am going wherever you go,’ she said. ‘I will worship your God and be part of your family.’
Ruth left her own country and her family, because she loved Naomi and she loved God. It was barley
harvest time when Ruth and Naomi got back to Bethlehem.
Ruth worked in the fields belonging to Boaz, her dead husband’s uncle. Boaz told his workers to drop plenty of stalks of barley for Ruth to pick up.
Ruth showed all the barley to Naomi. ‘God has looked after us today,’ Naomi said. ‘Boaz has been very kind to you.’ They thanked God for looking after them.
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