Chapter 24

Ruth and Naomi

“Chapter 24: Ruth and Naomi,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 95–98

people lying in streets

After many years there was a famine. It did not rain for a long time. Food would not grow. The people became very hungry.

Naomi and her husband leaving

A woman named Naomi lived in Bethlehem. She and her husband took their family to a land called Moab to find food.

Naomi and two sons

Naomi’s husband died there. Naomi and her two sons stayed in Moab.

Naomi’s sons with their wives

Her sons married women from Moab. Their names were Ruth and Orpah.

Naomi leaving tomb

They lived in Moab for ten years. Naomi’s sons died there.

Naomi talking to Ruth and Orpah

Naomi wanted to go back to Bethlehem. She told Ruth and Orpah to go home to their own families.

Ruth talking to Naomi

Orpah went to her family. Ruth wanted to go to Bethlehem with Naomi. She loved Naomi. She wanted to live where Naomi lived. She wanted to be with Naomi always.

Ruth collecting wheat

Ruth and Naomi went back to Bethlehem. Ruth went to the fields to get wheat and barley. She used them to make bread.


A righteous man named Boaz lived in Bethlehem. He had many wheat and barley fields.

Ruth and Boaz

Boaz saw Ruth working to get food for Naomi. He was kind to Ruth. He told her to come to his fields always. He said God would bless Ruth for being kind to Naomi.

Boaz marrying Ruth

Boaz married Ruth. Naomi was happy for her.

Ruth holding Obed

Ruth and Boaz had a son. Naomi helped Ruth take care of the baby. The baby’s name was Obed.

Boaz and Obed

Obed grew up and had children. His grandson was King David.

Jesus in manger

Many generations later Jesus would be born into this family.