->''"For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."''
A short story set in the time of the Literature/BookOfJudges , detailing how Ruth, a Moabite widow, finds a new husband.
* BabiesEverAfter: The ending. And these are some pretty important babies too, since Ruth is the ancestor of David, and subsequently, an ancestor of Jesus.
* BatmanGambit: How Boaz ensures he'll marry Ruth, and not the nearer kinsman redeemer. When bringing up the topic with him, Boaz mentions only the land to be reclaimed, and leaves out the detail about also marrying Ruth until the other redeemer agrees. Once the man hears about the sudden marriage detail, he promptly backs out for fear of endangering the ownership of his property.
* BreatherEpisode: The previous book had Israel be invaded several times and its people turning wicked. Now it's time for the fluffy love story!
** ...in the Christian ordering, anyway. In the Jewish canonical ordering, Ruth is with the other literary books, in a different section of the Bible than Judges.
* BrokenBird: Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law. When moving back to Israel, she tells the other women to not call her Naomi (meaning "pleasant") but Mara (meaning "bitter".) Luckily, her spirit recovers after Ruth's marriage and her gaining a grandson.
* ChekhovsGunman: It's only at the end of her story do we find out Ruth's significance; she's David's great-grandmother. And thus for Christians, the ancestor of Jesus.
* DeterminedWidow: See quote
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bit about Ruth uncovering Boaz's feet while he slept as part of getting him to marry her. Biblical scholars debate that Ruth did more than just expose Boaz's feet that night. But because this is the good romantic story in the Bible, Boaz puts a stop to it. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still lets her stay the night.]]
* HopeSpot: In Judges.
* LoopholeAbuse: There's another relative who's more legally eligible to marry Ruth than Boaz is, and is keen to acquire the property that would come with the marriage. Boaz figures out a way around this by persuading him it would be bad for his estate.
* MayDecemberRomance: Boaz was much older than Ruth, and says as much. This does not deter her.
* MeaningfulRename: After Naomi's husband and sons die, she tells her friends to call her "Mara," meaning "bitterness."
* NiceJewishBoy: Boaz, natch. Although he's well older than Ruth, it's implied in the Bible that he didn't ask after women until she showed up working the fields for her kinswoman. Hearing how she's taking care of her mother-in-law Naomi, [[SacredHospitality Boaz sets aside a portion of the best grain for her take home and lets her sit with his table during meals]] (as a foreign-born, she normally wouldn't have been allowed in those days).
* OutOfGenreExperience: Ruth, which reads like a domestic drama, is set in the action-packed CrapsackWorld times of Judges.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Boaz had something of a legal obligation to marry Ruth, but there's little doubt they were genuinely in love.
* PluckyGirl: Ruth yet again.
* RomanticFalseLead: There's another family member of the tribe that's technically more qualified to marry Ruth and carry on the Levirate duties (i.e., first child born belongs to the family line of the dead husband, not to new hubby), but he backs out of the obligation.
* SacredHospitality: Boaz going above and beyond the laws of generosity is one of his good points.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Ruth.
* ShipperOnDeck: Naomi for Ruth/Boaz--she's even the one who teaches Ruth what to do and say to get Boaz to agree to cementing the 'ship.
* TomatoSurprise: Ruth, a foreign born woman, is the Great-Grandmother of [[spoiler:David, Israel's greatest king]].
* UndyingLoyalty: To her mother-in-law, Naomi.
* TheUnseen: At no time does God show up or be directly invoked... [[FridgeBrilliance and yet the whole book is a perfect example of God's covenant with the Hebrew faith]].
* UnusualEuphemism: There are those who say that when Ruth uncovered Boaz's "feet", she was actually uncovering... a different body part.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Why Naomi wanted to send her two daughters away--if they stayed with her they would have been foreigners in Israel.
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough: Naomi tried to send her two daughters-in-law away to remarry (in Moab), but Ruth would have none of it.