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Ruth means "friend" or "compassionate friend." Throughout the account of her life, it is easily seen that her name is fitted with her life.

Ruth was the spouse of Boaz, and was the great grandmother of David and one of the ancient ancestors of Jesus Christ. Ruth's mother-in-law was Naomi and her father-in-law was Elimelech. Elimelech and Naomi journeyed to Moab because of the famine in their home land.

While in Moab, Elimelech died. Some time after that, Naomi's two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, married Moabite women named Orpah and Ruth. After Mahlon and Chilion also died, Naomi sought to return to Judah, and told Orpah and Ruth they could return to their families and their gods. Orpah agreed and returned to her home, but Ruth told Naomi she would never leave her.

After reaching Judah, Ruth decided to get the leftover wheat in the fields to help Naomi make food. Boaz, the owner of the fields, asked his men who Ruth was. After knowing she came back from Moab to stay with Naomi, Boaz told Ruth to glean from his field. When Ruth told Naomi about this, Naomi told her that he was a close cousin to their late husbands, and that Ruth should pursue to marry him.

Doing what Naomi said, Ruth uncovered Boaz's feet one night and lay there showing him what she was there for. Boaz blessed Ruth for her obedience and did become her kinsman redeemer. Later in Ruth's life, she had a son named Obed (who was in the lineage of Christ).