Elimelech and Naomi were spouses who lived in Bethlehem, Israel. Both had two sons, one of whom was named Mahlon and the other was Chilion. Due to the famine in Bethlehem, he left the place and settled in Moab, a nearby country. There the Mahlon married Ruth and Chilion married Orpah. But the sad thing was that Naomi, Ruth and Orpah’s husbands had died. What happened after this, we can know through this story. You can also watch the video of the story in the end of this post.
Ruth and Naomi
Many years ago there lived a woman named Naomi in the country of Moab. She lived with her daughter-in-law Ruth and Orpah. Her husband and son had died.
Ruth was worried that both her daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah were widows and they could not spend their entire lives like this, so one day Naomi says to Ruth and Orpah, “You are both very good and you Can’t live like a widow. Go to your parents and get married again. Start your life again. “
Orpah agreed to Naomi, but on the other hand, Ruth did not listen to her and insists on staying with Naomi.
At this point, Naomi tells Ruth, “What will you do here? I’m going back to Bethlehem. You can’t come with me.”
“Why can’t I come with you? I ask to be with you and go to Bethlehem with you,” Ruth begged Naomi.
Naomi told Ruth, “You are from the country of Moab and Bethlehem is in Israel, you have to live there as a foreigner. I don’t know how people will treat you. That’s why you can’t come with me there.”
Even after listening to Naomi, Ruth was not ready to oblige. She wanted to be with Naomi. Somehow Ruth convinces Naomi and both of them left for Bethlehem. Both of them travelled a long way and on the way, they also saw Mount Nebo from which Moses had seen the land of Canaan.
Moses was a prophet (the prophet who tells the message of God to the people.) Who freed the Hebrew people of Egypt from the pharaoh.
If you have not read the story of Moses, you can read it from here – The Story of Moses from the Bible for kids
On the way from Moab to Bethlehem, Naomi tells Ruth stories of Israel.
Ruth and Naomi in Bethlehem
Naomi was a resident of Bethlehem. People recognized Naomi as soon as they arrived there. People from Bethlehem took care of both and even asked them to eat. But both could not depend on others, so one day Ruth said to Naomi, “Mother, we both cannot depend on others in this way. We have to do something ourselves.”
“You are right, Ruth. We cannot depend on our neighbours forever. But what will we do so that we can feed ourselves?” Said Naomi to Ruth.
Hearing this, Ruth replied, “The harvesting season is coming. People will be needed to harvest the fields. I will do the harvesting in the fields.”
Naomi said sadly to Ruth, “Daughter, how can I send my daughter-in-law to a stranger? People will treat you as strangers and insult you. We have to do some other work.”
But Ruth explained to Naomi with great affection and understanding that there is no need to be ashamed of this work. She wants to work hard and feed his stomach. There is nothing wrong with this.
Naomi agrees after Ruth explained to her. After this, Ruth goes to the fields and starts working. Ruth used to harvest crops in the fields. Ruth worked in the fields with great honesty and sincere dedication.
Boaz and Ruth
The farm that Ruth worked in belonged to Boaz. Boaz was the son of Saman and his wife Rehab. He was a wealthy landowner of Bethlehem and was also a relative of Naomi.
One day Boaz came to see the harvest work on his farm. There he looked at Ruth and asked his employee, “Who is that woman? I’ve never seen her before.”
The employee replies to Boaz, “My lord, she is Ruth resident of Moab. She is the wife of the Mahlon(Ruth’s husband who was killed in Moab) and is the daughter-in-law of Naomi. She has left everything to accompany Naomi. And she is very honest who works diligently in the fields. You probably know Naomi better? “
“Yes, I know Naomi. She is my relative and Elimelech’s wife.” Boaz told his employee.
Boaz was delighted to know about Naomi. In such a situation, Boaz went to Ruth and started talking. Boaz asked her name. She told him that she can drink the water kept in the field and can work here without any trouble. Boaz also gave the loaves to Roth and Naomi to eat. Boaz was treating Ruthvery well.
Ruth worked in Boaz’s fields. She worked in the fields during the day and at night she stitched clothes for the poor.
People celebrate after harvesting crops all over the world and celebrate it like a festival in many places. The same celebration was also celebrated in Bethlehem. The celebration was held in Bethlehem on the occasion of the festival. In which Ruth was well prepared and went to join the celebration. In celebration, Boaz saw Ruth and was attracted to her beauty. Boaz then decided that he would marry Ruth.
Boaz goes to talk to Naomi for marriage. He goes there and tells Naomi, “If you don’t mind, I want to marry your daughter Ruth. You command me that I can marry Ruth.”
Naomi was delighted to hear this and said to Boaz, “I am happy that you want to marry Ruth. All I want is that you marry Ruth. But according to our tradition, my brother’s son will be entitled to it. You can’t marry her unless you take permission from my brother’s son. “
Knowing this, Boaz does the same and took permission from Naomi’s brother’s son.
After this, Boaz lives his further life by marrying Ruth.
So this was the story of Ruth and Naomi written for children. If you like this story, then definitely share it with your friends.