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The Book of Ruth Theme of Loyalty Quotes

The Book of Ruth is big on loyalty. In fact, the Hebrew word for this—chesed—appears multiple times throughout the story. This word is used elsewhere in the Bible to describe God's loyalty and faithfulness to Israel (source, p. 240). In Ruth, it's the characters who act with chesed towards each other. Ruth shows chesed when she refuses to leave Naomi. Boaz praises her for chesed in the fields. Later, Boaz says that Ruth coming to him on the threshing floor is an act of chesed. Praise the Lord and pass the chesed.

Questions About Loyalty

  1. Do the characters in the story have a kind of divine loyalty to each other? How is their faithfulness like God's faithfulness?
  2. How are Ruth and Orpah foils when it comes to loyalty?
  3. Does everyone who stays loyal get rewarded? Why or why not?
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