Elimelech (I-lim´uh-lek)

An Ephrathite clan member who immigrated to Moab when a great famine broke out in Bethlehem of Judah during the period of the judges (Ruth 1:2-3; Ruth 2:1; Ruth 2:3; Ruth 4:3; Ruth 4:9). After his death, his two sons married local women. The story of how his land remained in the family’s hands is narrated in the book named after Ruth, one of Elimelech’s daughters-in-law.

Ruth 1:2-3

2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem i ... View more

Ruth 2:1

Ruth Meets Boaz
1Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband's side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.

Ruth 2:3

3So she went. She came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. As it happened, she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family o ... View more

Ruth 4:3

3He then said to the next-of-kin, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our kinsman Elimelech.

Ruth 4:9

9Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have acquired from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all th ... View more

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