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“And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers.” - Ruth 2:2, 3.


After Ruth and her sister, Orpah lost their husbands, Mahlon and Chilion, Naomi, their mother in law, asked her daughters in law to return to their heritage in the land of Moab. Orpah, the elder of the two sisters went “back unto her people, and unto her gods”; but Ruth stayed with Naomi, providing basic help for her as indicated in the text under reference.

In the home sphere, the submission, love, empathy, kindness and obedience of Ruth to her mother in law are qualities that are lacking in the conduct of some young women of today, who treat their mothers in law with spite and contempt, forgetting that they, too, will in the future become mothers-in- law.  But as a young woman, Ruth used her time well by embracing the virtue of hard work, refusing to sit at home brooding over her marital misfortunes.  In verity, the Holy Scriptures say: “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.” (Proverbs 20:13)  Ruth's high sense of duty, dedication, politeness, obedience and contentment were the hallmarks of her noble character. – See Proverbs 31:10-31;19:15.

The benefits of a time well spent by Ruth include the foodstuff she got for working so hard in the farm, her marriage to Boaz, who begat Obed and Obed begat Jesse and Jesse begat David the King from whose lineage our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was born.  – Matthew 1:1-20.

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