Naomi is left with two growing boys, Mahlon and Chilion
. They marry local girls.
(10) Ruth 3:1-18 is an account of the Moabite woman Ruth, a widow of Chilion
(Naomi and Alimelech's son) who accompanies her widowed mother-in-law back to Israel.
The antithesis of the life-force is death, which quickly makes its appearance in Ruth 1:3, with the death of Elimelech, and returns two verses later to claim his sons Mahlon and Chilion
. Death overwhelms the life of one individual in particular, Naomi, the wife of Elimelech and mother of Mahlon and Chilion
(26) The book begins with a background scenario of a Bethlehemite family, the parents (Naomi and Elimelech) and their two sons (Machlon and Chilion
), sojourning in Moab because of famine in their homeland.