Benjamin was finally defeated by his brothers of Israel, only 600 remaining of Benjamin. The Israelites swore that they would not give their daughters to them and placed a curse on any who would, but then helped them to secure wives so that a lamp would not go out in Israel. But we are never told whether the Benjamites repented or not.
Elimelech means “My God is King.” In five short verses we learn a great deal about Naomi and the tragedies of her life. She is now a widow in the land of the Moabites. Her sons have also died and she is left with two daughters-in-law, foreigners, who she tells to go back to your people and I’ll go to mine. Ruth’s pledge of allegiance to her mother-in-law is one that is often used at weddings. Ruth was taking her life in her hands and trusting God alone. Neither of them would have any recourse to justice in Israel. At least in Moab she presumably had a father, or possibly brothers. It was due to a famine that Naomi and her family had left Bethlehem, now she returned. Bethlehem means “house of bread,” perhaps even “home of plenty.” Naomi tells the folks to no longer call her Naomi (pleasant), but Mara (bitter).
Again David asks God to hear him. Lots of bad things in my life, Lord. If I had wings like a dove I would fly away (see also Psalm 68:13), and never come back! I’ve had some days I felt a bit like that myself!