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Chapter 1 revolves around the tragic circumstances and heartache experienced by a woman from Bethlehem named Naomi. She travels with her extended family to Moab since there is a famine in the land of Israel. While in Moab, her husband and sons die. One of her daughter-in-laws returns to her relatives to start a new life while one daughter-in-law, Ruth, remains with Naomi no matter what.

 



Ruth 1:1-5

Elimelech moved his family to Moab due to a famine, while there he and his sons died leaving their widows behind.

Ruth 1:6-14

Naomi tells her daughters-in-law to return to their home so that they may find Moabite husbands. Orpah leaves but Ruth stays.

Ruth 1:15-22

Ruth commits to following Naomi wherever she goes and following her God. She returns to Bethlehem with Naomi.