Ruth 1:4

“And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they tooke them wiues of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten yeeres.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They took for themselves Moabite women {as} wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelt there about ten years.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they took two women of Moab as their wives: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth; and they went on living there for about ten years.
- Basic English Bible

And they took them Moabitish wives; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the second Ruth: and they abode there about ten years.
- Darby Bible

And they took to themselves wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelt there about ten years.
- Webster's Bible

They took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they lived there about ten years.
- World English Bible

and they take to them wives, Moabitesses: the name of the one [is] Orpah, and the name of the second Ruth; and they dwell there about ten years.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they took them wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth; and they dwelt there about ten years.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ruth 1:4


1:4 Took wives - Either these were Proselytes when they married them, or they sinned in marrying them, and therefore were punished with short life, and want of issue.


Discussion for Ruth 1

  • Irene123
    There is another 'back' story to "Ruth'. Had Elimelech stayed for 10 yrs. in Bethlehem, they would have been alright. But, God was moving the 'pieces' of Jesus birth into place. Everything that happens, God is there. God knows what each of us will do in a certain situation - and His will will be done. Nor can we say what God's plan 'b' would have been; with God - there is no 'plan B'. 'A' works!!
  • Barbara Pierce
    Ruth showed the agape love that we should have! Even in sorrow she kept the love and acted upon it. She loved Naomi and was willing to give her life to go with her.
  • Henrietta Okyere
    This book tell us to have faith and also determination no matter who and where you from Ruth demonstrated faith and through that the fulfilment of GOD came.
  • Amanda Jane Via
    Great four chapters! Book of Ruth is a wonderful story . Grace and a virtuous woman go hand in hand.
  • Marsha
    I believe that Naomi life was a good example and she loved her son's wives she also loved God and God did not let Ruth be a long and ruth was her blessing from God they developed a mother and daughter relation
  • Shannon R. Gray
    Ruth was a God fearing woman which produced a great love for her family and loved one's. Immaculate love.

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