A LOVE STORY: THE BOOK OF RUTH
RETURNING TO GOD IN AGAPAO LOVE
And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are
there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn
again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband.
If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and
should also bear sons; Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye
stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me
[make bitter, provoked, vexed]
much for your sakes [agapao love]
that the hand of the LORD [fourth mention]
is gone out against me [Naomi viewed her tragic experiences as an act
of God’s judgment upon her and her family].
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother
in law [goodbye: phileo love; Orpah dissolved back into
the world, and we hear no more of her, ever]; but
Ruth clave [clung; agapao love: BECAME A COVERING]
unto her [impoverished mother-in-law].
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