Ruth Chapter 1
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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.
Paul kamiti's Ruth Chapter 1 comment about verse 16 on 11/28/2013, 11:36am...
Thanks to all the brethren that commented its wonderful,I always think about Ruth's testimony,who is supposed to testify,the groom or the bridegroom.I would requests in-depth study of the entire book of RUTH.
Shakeman T's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 11/26/2013, 2:33pm...
mothers and daughter of faith i edge you, never lose your lamps. Keep them shining, as Ruth did, it shall be with us. With Him- Christ everything is possible. Amen.
Paul Leckner's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 11/17/2013, 11:13pm...
Now I know the significance of my mother's older sister's name. My Aunt Ruth.
Mel's Ruth Chapter 1 comment about verse 16 on 10/26/2013, 10:53am...
Ruth gained a testimony of the living Christ and would not be persuaded to return. We are all given free agency and must choose which path to follow. There really are only two paths. The crooked path of sin and the straight path of Grace and everlasting love. Ruth chose to follow Grace and in doing so she left the natural (sinful) man(woman) behind. Grace is the light of the living Christ. Nature versus Grace. The meaning of life is to decide which path to follow. Sounds simple. I wish that it were.
Anonymous's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 10/22/2013, 9:29pm...
Naomi was a very good example for us women today to be a good mothers and mother in-laws even thou Naomi's her sons had passed away she still loved her daughter in-laws and blessed them and they loved her as well.she did not lose her sons she gained daughters that she did not have before.
Stelle's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 10/20/2013, 7:13pm...
Ruth is a very good daughter in-law and she used the wisdom that de lord has giving her , i really want to be like her
Ntombifuthi's Ruth Chapter 1 comment on 9/26/2013, 10:50pm...
If bitterness doesn't come your way you won't no what sweet test like until you meet or tests bitterness os you won't know and say this is sweet because you know where you came from for Gods plan are perfect n sweet to us.
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