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Ruth

(Aids to Bible Studies)

Other striking characters in the time of the Judges, like Gideon and Samson, must be passed by, but near the close of this period there occurs the little story touched with idyllic charm in which Ruth is the chief figure, revealing the romantic interest most commonly associated with gentle womanly natures. Naomi from Judah, west of the Dead Sea, had gone into the land of Moab, on the east side of this great depression separating the two sections of hill country. She had gone out with husband and two sons, but death had claimed the three. Then it was, when the desire came to return to her native Bethlehem, that her daughter-in-law, Ruth the Moabitess, showed her beautiful devotion, saying, “Entreat me not to leave thee,… for whither thou goest, I will go; where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” Then the story moves on in graphic unfoldment until Ruth becomes the wife of Boaz and mother of Obed, the grandfather of David.

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