16 But Rut replied, “Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
va-TO-mer Ruth al tif-g’-ee VEE l’-oz-VAYKH la-SHUV may-a-kha-RA-yikh KEE el a-SHER tay-l’-KHEE ay-LAYKH u-va-a-SHER ta-LEE-nee a-LEEN a-MAYKH a-MEE vay-lo-HA-yikh e-lo-HAI
טז וַתֹּאמֶר רוּת אַל־תִּפְגְּעִי־בִי לְעָזְבֵךְ לָשׁוּב מֵאַחֲרָיִךְ כִּי אֶל־אֲשֶׁר תֵּלְכִי אֵלֵךְ וּבַאֲשֶׁר תָּלִינִי אָלִין עַמֵּךְ עַמִּי וֵאלֹהַיִךְ אֱלֹהָי׃
1:16 Your people shall be my people, and your God my God
After Naomi begs her daughters-in-law not to follow her back to Eretz Yisrael and gives them compelling reasons to leave her, Orpah does what most people would do. She takes the easy way out, returns to her father’s house and goes off to live a life of anonymity. Rut, on the other hand, answers the call in one of the most beautiful statements of faith and allegiance in the entire Bible. Her words and actions set her on the path of royalty, and have inspired the faithful for hundreds of years. Rut demonstrates for all time what it means to cast one’s lot with the People of Israel, the Land of Israel and the God of Israel. For Rut’s sacrifice, she was rewarded by becoming the matriarch of the Davidic dynasty, and the ancestress of the Mashiach.