Today's reading introduces us to Ruth (the great-grandmother of King David) and her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth found herself in a precarious situation as her husband, along with the other men in her husband's family, died, leaving no one to provide for the widows, including Ruth and Naomi. Naomi instructs her daughters-in-law to return to their birth families, hoping that they would take them in. But Ruth refuses; even though she is a Moabite, she joins with Naomi and travels to the town of Bethelehem, in the Hebrew tribe of Benjamin.
[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Ruth 1 today.