Ruth was a heathen, a Moabitess
Who left her country of wickedness
She went with Naomi, her mother-in-law
To Israel where the people received them with awe.

Ruth gleaned for Naomi in Boaz’s field
From morning to dusk and great was her yield
She took home some grain for Naomi and her.
When it was gone she gleaned for some more.

Ruth married Boaz and became his wife
Because Mahlon, her husband, had died earlier in life.
Ruth and Boaz begot Obed, their son,
Which made Ruth an ancestor of Christ, the Holy One.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 19 No. 2 March 1959