Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 4: Ruth 1:6-18


After the famine was over in Bethlehem, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home. Naomi sends her two daughters-in-law back to their families in hopes they will find another husband. They ask to stay, but Naomi points out that she will have no more sons for them to marry.

Orpah left, but Ruth says no. She says that wherever Naomi goes, she will go and her God will be hers, too. Only death will separate them.


9 ) Orpah leaves and Ruth stays. It shows the power of God to stitch people together and touch hearts with his will. Ruth loves Naomi more and is willing to stay with her to the very end.

10 ) She tells her that where she goes, she will follow and that her God will be hers, too. She swears that only death will separate them.

11 ) Ruth gave up a husband and a life amongst her people. Also, an easier life. Unsure if Ruth thought about the gains. It seems she was driven by love for Naomi and helping her survive in life rather than herself.


We witness a powerful love and conviction in these verses. Ruth is determined to stay with Naomi till death separates them. This is a very powerful love that few experience I think today, especially for someone who is not flesh and blood. It also shows the power of conviction to do what you believe is right despite what others say.

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