Over 3,100 years ago, there was a man named Elimelech. He lived in the town of
His two sons decided they would marry Moabite women. One woman was named Orpah and the other was named Ruth. Naomi, her sons, and their wives were happy together. But then Naomi’s two sons also died.
Naomi was heartbroken. She was also sure that God hated her. She decided to return to her family in
Both Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they would go to
Naomi told Ruth to do as Orpah had done, to go back. But Ruth said to Naomi, “Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your god will be my god. And may God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates me from you” (Ruth 1:16-17). So Naomi went back to
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