11 Judah then said to his daughter-in-law(A) Tamar,(B) “Live as a widow in your father’s household(C) until my son Shelah(D) grows up.”(E) For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household.

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15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law.(A) She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.(B)

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12 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law,(A) both of them are to be put to death. What they have done is a perversion; their blood will be on their own heads.

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Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

When Naomi heard in Moab(A) that the Lord had come to the aid of his people(B) by providing food(C) for them, she and her daughters-in-law(D) prepared to return home from there.

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22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite,(A) her daughter-in-law,(B) arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest(C) was beginning.(D)

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20 “The Lord bless him!(A)” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law.(B) “He has not stopped showing his kindness(C) to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative;(D) he is one of our guardian-redeemers.[a](E)

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Footnotes

  1. Ruth 2:20 The Hebrew word for guardian-redeemer is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty (see Lev. 25:25-55).
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15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law,(A) who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons,(B) has given him birth.”

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19 His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains.

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Judah’s daughter-in-law(A) Tamar(B) bore Perez(C) and Zerah to Judah. He had five sons in all.

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11 In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor’s wife,(A) another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law,(B) and another violates his sister,(C) his own father’s daughter.(D)

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For a son dishonors his father,
    a daughter rises up against her mother,(A)
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
    a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.(B)

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