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Elimelech

Meaning: God his king

a man of the tribe of Judah, of the family of the Hezronites, and kinsman of Boaz, who dwelt in Bethlehem in the days of the judges

In consequence of a great dearth he, with his wife Naomi and his two sons, went to dwell in the land of Moab. There he and his sons died (Ruth 1:2-3; 2:1, 3; 4:3, 9). Naomi afterwards returned to Israel with her daughter Ruth.