In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.
by: Kennedy Ochs.
I love how people are introduced in the Bible. New characters are often introduced through their loved ones—their spouse, their children, their parents—just as Ruth was here. The people close to us help to define who we are and who we will become. We cannot avoid the influence those around us have on the choices we make. Our lives are significantly marked by those we allow to walk alongside us. We must choose wisely in who we are willing to allow to make their mark on our lives.