The first chapter of Ruth depicts a woman named Naomi who has lost everything. In Ruth 1:20-21 she says, “The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” However, the chapter ends with a small picture of hope that she and Ruth (her daughter-in-law) have returned to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest. It is the beginning of a time of hope and reversal.
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