Naomi decides to return to Israel (Ruth 1:6–14)

“Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab. She had heard in the country of Moab that Yahweh had considered his people. He had given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law. They went on their way to go back to the land of Judah.”

Things got better in Israel so Naomi decided to return to her home in Bethlehem since she was going to leave Moab. It might have been strange to have Israelite men take Moab wives.

“Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law. ‘Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May Yahweh deal kindly with you, just as you have dealt with the dead and with me. May Yahweh grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.’ Then she kissed them. They wept aloud. They said to her. ‘No, we will return with you to your people.’ But Naomi said. ‘Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husband’s? Turn back, my daughters, go your way. I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought that there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of Yahweh has turned against me.’ Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.”

Naomi wanted her daughter-in-laws to return to their mothers, but they were reluctant. They wanted to go with her. Finally after much sobbing and embracing, Orpah decides to go home, return to her mother and her gods. However, Ruth goes with Naomi. It is still unclear why Naomi had come to Moab or why Ruth feels such an attachment to her mother-in-law. She feels that Yahweh had turned against her so that she wants to return to her family.

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