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Chapter 24: Ruth and Naomi

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

“Chapter 24,” Old Testament Stories, 95–98

Chapter 24

Ruth and Naomi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Boaz married Ruth. Naomi was happy for her.

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

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

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Many generations later Jesus would be born into this family.