Easton's Bible Dictionary
sickly, The elder of Elimelech the Bethlehemite's two
sons by Naomi. He married Ruth and died childless ( Ruth 1:2 , 1:5 ; 4:9 , 4:10
), in the land of Moab.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(sick) The first husband of Ruth; son of Eiimelech and
Naomi. ( Ruth 1:2 , 1:5 ; 4:9 , 4:10 ) comp. 1 Samuel 17:12
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ma'-lon (machlon, "invalid"):
Ruth's first husband (Ruth 1:2 , 5 ; 4:9 , 10). In the latter passage is further
evidence of the unwillingness to allow a family connection or inheritance to drop
(see MAHLAH; MAHLI). Note that David's descent and that of his "Greater Son" come
through Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 4:22).
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