The book of Ruth is begins with Elimelech, a man from Bethlehem, Judah, taking a journey to the land of Moab , with his wife, Naomi, and two young sons, Mahalon and Chilion. They prospered there for a while, but Elimelech died and left her with the sons. They were of marrying age and soon took wives, Mahalon taking Ruth and Chilion taking Orpah. They all dwelt together for ten years until the day both dons had passed away. Naomi heard that the famine in Judah had passed, and determined to return. Both girls set out to go with her, but she advised them to go home to their families where they could be helped to find husbands again. Ruth refused, stating that she was her e mother in laws and family and would stay with her. They arrived at Bethlehem, at the beginning of the harvest, but had no money. Elimelech had had an inheritance of land among his brethren, but, unless a redeemer could be found, Naomi would be compelled to sell it. Boaz owned the richest fields and land around and was kinsman to Elimelech. Ruth approached him and asked if he would allow her to gather the grain left behind that the reapers dropped, so that she and her mother in law would have food. Each day Ruth went to glean in his fields, and, after he had spoken kindly to her and shown her some favors, she, acting on the advice of her mother-in-law, approached Boaz.
Boaz was attracted to her, but told her that there was a kinsman nearer than he who had the right to redeem the estate first. If the kinsman renounced his right before he (Boaz) could proceed in the matter then he could redeem it. So Boaz called this kinsman, and told him of the situation, and of the kinsman's right to redeem the estate and to marry Ruth. The kinsman declared that he did not desire to do so and indicated he was fine with Boaz proceeding with his rights. Boaz then bought the estate from Naomi, married Ruth, and they had a son named Obed, who was the father of Jesse, who became the father of King David.