The Story of Ruth : For Children

In the story of Ruth from the book of Ruth in the bible, we learn about kindness.

Ruth was from the country of Moab.

Ruth and Orpah were Naomi’s daughters-in-law.

Although, both Ruth and Orpah’s husbands had died they had decided to stay with their mother-in-law, Naomi.

One day Naomi received good news from her home land-Bethlehem that the famine was over.

She decided to leave Moab and go back to Bethlehem.


The two daughters-in-law had remained kind to Naomi.

They showed Naomi kindness by staying with her even after her sons whom they were married to had died.

They were so kind that when Naomi asked them to go back to their own homes they would not leave her side. They said to Naomi, “we will go back with you to your people.”

After some convincing, Orpah left them but Ruth clung to Naomi.

Ruth was determined to remain by Naomi’s side until her death and she wanted Naomi’s God to be her God. So, they went together.

When Ruth and Naomi arrived in Bethlehem it was the beginning of the barley harvest. Ruth asked Naomi if she could go pick-up leftover grain from the field so they could have some food and Naomi agreed.

It turned out that the field where Ruth went belonged to their relative Boaz.

Boaz asked his workers who Ruth was. They told him she had come from Moab with Naomi. Boaz told Ruth to stay in his field with the other women and he looked after her.

When Ruth asked Boaz why he was being kind to her, he said it was because he had heard of her kindness to Naomi. Boaz was so kind to her, he gave Ruth food, and told his workers to help Ruth by pulling stalks from their bundles so she would find them. Boaz treated Ruth with kindness.

We show kindness to others when we are willing to help them and to do for them more than they have asked of us without expecting anything in return.

As published for the Good News Paper