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X Exegetical Commentary of Ruth Fi..
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in judgement on His sinning people." This family was from Bethlehem of Judah, then
name Bethlehem means, "house of bread" but during this time it was empty. Bethlehem
was five miles south of Jerusalem and was the place where Boaz and Ruth's son Obed
(Ruth 4:18-21; 1 Samuel 17:58) was born, later his grandson David was born and even
later where Jesus (Luke 2:4-7) was born."
1.2 Elimelech meaning "My God is King"12 left Jerusalem with his Naomi, herself
described the meaning of her name as "pleasant or delightful"13 (1:20). He also had his
two sons Mahlon (meaning "weak") and Kilion (meaning "frail"), there is no definitive
answer to what their names mean only speculation based on the story of Ruth. They left
to go to Moab to live for a while (sojourned means "temporary relocation"14).
Moab was about 50 miles east of the Dead Sea. Moabites and Israelites were
not usually on friendly terms and felt hostility and suspicion stemming from the Jewish
takeover of the promise land. The Moabites were "excluded from the congregation of the
Lord (Deut.23:3-6)...and they were worshipers of the god Chemosh"is (Numbers 21:29;
1 Kings 11:7).
9 John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary 418.
10 Victor Hamilton, Handbook, 190.
11 Ibid., 419.
12Eugene F. Roop, Believers, 29.
14 Max Anders, Max, W. Gary Phillips. Holman Old Testament Commentary. (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing
Group, 2004), 6357.
15 John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 418....
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