5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob: his hope is in the Lord God himself,
6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all the things that are in them.
7 He preserves the truth forever. He executes judgment for those who suffer injury. He provides food for the hungry. The Lord releases those who are bound.
8 The Lord enlightens the blind. The Lord sets upright those who have been thrown down. The Lord loves the just.
9 The Lord watches over new arrivals. He will support the orphan and the widow. And he will destroy the ways of sinners.
10 The Lord shall reign forever: your God, O Zion, from generation to generation.
Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22
1 In the days of one of the judges, when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. And a man from Bethlehem in Judah departed to sojourn in the region of the Moabites with his wife and two children.
3 And Elimelech the husband of Naomi died; and she remained with her sons.
4 They took wives from among the Moabites, of whom one was called Orpah, and the other Ruth. And they lived there ten years.
5 And they both died, namely Mahlon and Chilion, and the woman was left alone, bereaved of her two children and her husband.
6 And she arose so that she might journey to her native land, with both her daughters-in-law, from the region of the Moabites. For she had heard that the Lord had provided for his people and had given them food.
Ruth clung to her mother-in-law.
15 Naomi said to her, "See, your kinswoman returns to her people, and to her gods. Hurry after her."
16 She answered, "Do not be against me, as if I would abandon you and go away; for wherever you will go, I will go, and where you will stay, I also will stay with you. Your people are my people, and your God is my God.
22 Therefore, Naomi went with Ruth, the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, from the land of her sojourn, and returned to Bethlehem, at the time of the first reaping of the barley.
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