The book of Ruth demonstrates the providence of God. It occurred during the days of the judges, when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” When there was a famine in Israel, Elimelech and Naomi left their home in Bethlehem to sojourn in the land of Moab.
Tragedy followed. Elimelech died, leaving Naomi and her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. They married Moabite women, but then both died after about 10 years in Moab. When Naomi heard that the famine had ended in Israel, she decided to return home.