The Book of Ruth tells a story. The tale is easily understood, and the characters are well developed. So we can vicariously share their adventure. If I were trying to entice someone to read the Bible, I suppose I would tell them to start with The Book of Ruth. Yet as simple as it seems to be, I suspect The Book of Ruth puzzles many. Why is that story in the Bible? Why does God want us to know about that story? At least part of the answer lies in the title of loopyloo305’s post.
11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me! ”
14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where…
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