Tragedy had visited the family. Naomi had lost her husband, and then her two married sons. Their wives, Ruth and Orpah, were non-Jews and could have remained in their native land. Ruth accompanied Naomi instead, returning with her to the land of the Israelites.
She eventually married Boaz, a Jew and gave birth to Obed, who gave birth to Jesse who gave birth to David. Thus was she included as an example of faithfulness in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.