Ruth 1:3
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New International Version
Now Elimelek, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.

New Living Translation
Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons.

English Standard Version
But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.

New American Standard Bible
Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.

King James Bible
And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Naomi's husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons.

International Standard Version
Then Naomi's husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons.

NET Bible
Sometime later Naomi's husband Elimelech died, so she and her two sons were left alone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, Naomi's husband Elimelech died, and she was left alone with her two sons.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons,

King James 2000 Bible
And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

American King James Version
And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

American Standard Version
And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Elimelech the husband of Noemi died: and she remained with her sons.

Darby Bible Translation
And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

English Revised Version
And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

World English Bible
Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.

Young's Literal Translation
And Elimelech husband of Naomi dieth, and she is left, she and her two sons;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-5 Elimelech's care to provide for his family, was not to be blamed; but his removal into the country of Moab could not be justified. And the removal ended in the wasting of his family. It is folly to think of escaping that cross, which, being laid in our way, we ought to take up. Changing our place seldom is mending it. Those who bring young people into bad acquaintance, and take them out of the way of public ordinances, thought they may think them well-principled, and armed against temptation, know not what will be the end. It does not appear that the women the sons of Elimelech married, were proselyted to the Jewish religion. Earthly trials or enjoyments are of short continuance. Death continually removes those of every age and situation, and mars all our outward comforts: we cannot too strongly prefer those advantages which shall last for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 3-5. - "In these words," says Fuller, "we have two marriages ushered and followed by funerals." Verse 3. - And Elimelech Naomi's husband died. Apparently soon after the settlement of the family. No details, however, are given, as, on the one hand, no blame is attached to the conduct of Elimelech, and as, on the other, the line of biographical interest runs in another direction. And she was left, and her two sons. Not only was the mother her husband's relict; they were all left behind. He had gone somewhither in advance, and they "remained." So the word is frequently rendered.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died,.... According to Josephus (x), after he had dwelt in the land ten years, and had married his two sons to Moabitish women; but, as Alshech observes, the text shows that while he was living they were not married to them, but after his death; and it is said of them only that they dwelt there about ten years; so that it is most probable that their father died quickly after he came into the land of Moab: and she was left, and her two sons; in a strange land, she without a husband, and they without a father.

(x) Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 9. sect. 1.)



Ruth 1:3 Additional Commentaries
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Naomi Widowed
2The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there. 3Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left with her two sons. 4They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.…
Cross References
Ruth 1:2
The man's name was Elimelek, his wife's name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Ruth 1:4
They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,
Treasury of Scripture

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