Ruth Chapter 1
1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
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Matthew Henry's Ruth Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
We find in this book excellent examples of faith, piety, patience, humility, industry, and loving-kindness, in the common events of life. Also we see the special care which God's providence take of our smallest concerns, encouraging us to full trust therein. We may view this book as a beautiful, because natural representation of human life; as a curious detail of important facts; and as a part of the plan of redemption.Elimelech and his sons die in the land of Moab. (1-5) Naomi returns home. (6-14) Orpah stays behind, but Ruth goes with Naomi. (15-18) They come to Bethlehem. (19-22)1-5 Elimelech's care to provide for his family, was not to be blamed; but his removal into the country of Moab could not be justified. And the removal ended in the wasting of his family. It is folly to think of escaping that cross, which, being laid in our way, we ought to take up. Changing our place seldom is mending it. Those who bring young people into bad acquaintance, and take them out of the way of public ordinances, thought they may think them well-principled, and armed against temptation, know not what will be the end. It does not appear that the women the sons of Elimelech married, were proselyted to the Jewish religion. Earthly trials or enjoyments are of short continuance. Death continually removes those of every age and situation, and mars all our outward comforts: we cannot too strongly prefer those advantages which shall last for ever.
6-14 Naomi began to think of returning, after the death of her two sons. When death comes into a family, it ought to reform what is amiss there. Earth is made bitter to us, that heaven may be made dear. Naomi seems to have been a person of faith and piety. She dismissed her daughters-in-law with prayer. It is very proper for friends, when they part, to part with them thus part in love. Did Naomi do well, to discourage her daughters from going with her, when she might save them from the idolatry of Moab, and bring them to the faith and worship of the God of Israel? Naomi, no doubt, desired to do that; but if they went with her, she would not have them to go upon her account. Those that take upon them a profession of religion only to oblige their friends, or for the sake of company, will be converts of small value. If they did come with her, she would have them make it their deliberate choice, and sit down first and count the cost, as it concerns those to do who make a profession of religion. And more desire "rest in the house of a husband," or some wordly settlement or earthly satisfaction, than the rest to which Christ invites our souls; therefore when tried they will depart from Christ, though perhaps with some sorrow.
15-18 See Ruth's resolution, and her good affection to Naomi. Orpah was loth to part from her; yet she did not love her well enough to leave Moab for her sake. Thus, many have a value and affection for Christ, yet come short of salvation by him, because they will not forsake other things for him. They love him, yet leave him, because they do not love him enough, but love other things better. Ruth is an example of the grace of God, inclining the soul to choose the better part. Naomi could desire no more than the solemn declaration Ruth made. See the power of resolution; it silences temptation. Those that go in religious ways without a stedfast mind, stand like a door half open, which invites a thief; but resolution shuts and bolts the door, resists the devil and forces him to flee.
19-22 Naomi and Ruth came to Bethlehem. Afflictions will make great and surprising changes in a little time. May God, by his grace, fit us for all such changes, especially the great change!, Naomi signifies "pleasant," or "amiable;" Mara, "bitter," or "bitterness." She was now a woman of a sorrowful spirit. She had come home empty, poor, a widow and childless. But there is a fulness for believers of which they never can be emptied; a good part which shall not be taken from those who have it. The cup of affliction is a "bitter" cup, but she owns that the affliction came from God. It well becomes us to have our hearts humbled under humbling providences. It is not affliction itself, but affliction rightly borne, that does us good.
Joyce's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 9/01/2014, 10:10pm...
incredible history maker. set a good example for us to follow.
Createams's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 8/25/2014, 1:30pm...
This book is more than just a love story Ruth is an important example of equality to always include the stranger. Ruth being a Moabitess woman a descendent and daughter of Lot and great grandmother of King David. Ruth is one of many links that unit all men in faith. As it is written in Abraham all nations and families will be blessed.
GOD\'s Word rightly divided's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 7/04/2014, 11:15am...
GOD does NOT do evil EVER!!! GOD may, because of a persons freewill, allow the adversary to wreck and ruin our lives, but HE always has a way out for us. Those of the Old Testament times knew this and when it appears they are blaming GOD for disaster they are really expressing an idiom of GOD 's permission for the evil since they knew about the devil, but didn 't fully understand the devil, his devil spirits, and his kingdom or the way he worked Jesus Christ revealed the enemy and allowed those that followed him, and us who are born again, to plainly see the adversary and his ways.
Child of GOD's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 7/04/2014, 10:58am...
The whole subject of the Word of GOD from Genesis 3 15 to Revelation 22 21 is Jesus Christ. He is the Red Thread that binds the Word of GOD here he is portrayed as the Kinsman Redeemer. Like Boaz he is near kin to us and thru him we have redemption he pays for our redemption. Also Ruth is a love story not between Ruth and Boaz, but between Ruth and GOD. How many women would do all that her mother in law told her to do even when she knew that her mother in law was instructing her to do the best thing for herself and her future? Ruth did it because she loved GOD first and knew that her mother in law was instructing her rightly.
Moses's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 7/03/2014, 9:44am...
it was not until orpah left that Ruth opened up her mind to her mother in law, and she made her own independent decision,disregarding the ways of her people, and their gods, she chose to folow the God of Israel she confessed her salvation... "thy people shall be my people and thy God my God " wonderful insight!
Jerome's Ruth Chapter 1 comment about verse 13 on 3/25/2014, 3:03pm...
Even in naomi distress she is runing away the two persons she has around her. And that 's the way we are today one hurt and we hurt we push God away and everyone else around us.
Semalign's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 2/14/2014, 4:40pm...
And her name is written in the Book of the Bible as she is in the Line of the House of Dave Jesus What a wonderful history that shows how we got salivation
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