A son is born to Ruth (Ruth 4:13–4:17)

“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, Yahweh made her conceive. She bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi.

‘Blessed be Yahweh,

Who has not left you this day without next of kin.

May his name be renowned in Israel!

He shall be to you a restorer of life.

He will nourish you in your old age.

For your daughter-in-law who loves you,

Who is more to you than seven sons,

Has borne him.’

Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom. She became his nurse. The women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying. ‘A son has been born to Naomi.’ They named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse, the father of David.”

Boaz and Ruth got married and had a son. Naomi then became his nurse. The women of the village gave the child the name of Obed, which means son born to Naomi. They also sang a son to Yahweh to thank him for giving next of kin or inheritors to Naomi. The love between Naomi and Ruth is further developed since the daughter-in–law, Ruth, loves her more than 7 sons. In reality, it is Naomi’s grandson who would become the grandfather of King David, thus giving this Moabite Ruth a special standing.

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