But Ruth replied, “Intreat me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
Literally, thousands of Bible verses are beautifully written. I am honestly in awe at how poetic the Bible can be, especially KJV.
By far, one of the most beautifully written verses is Ruth 1:16.
These are the words I used for my vows.
You can tell, I was pretty emotional.
What Ruth 1:16 Means to Me.
My husband and I hate being away from each other. We are each others best friends. Sometimes there are p and downs with that like any friendship. But, going into our marriage, I wanted him to know that it was more than just two people in love or two friends making a partnership.
Marriage is more sacred and more of a commitment than that.
Intreat me to leave you or to turn back from you.
I wanted my husband to know that nothing it could do would make me want to leave him or to turn back from him. Even if he begged me to leave him, I wouldn’t. I wanted him to know that because in my weakest moments, I did not want him to think I didn’t mean it.
We say things we don’t mean or do not want to say when we are not angry. Sometimes, just letting your husband know you do that makes a big different.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
I would never leave him. Not only that, he was the leader. Where ever he goes, I will go. Where ever he want to live, work, vacation, etc. I will go. I wanted him to know that our marriage would mean I would be the follower.
I believe wives should be willing to let their husbands. For each couple this may look different. For us, it means that my husband will lead with finding a job even if that means traveling across the world. I would do that for him. If housing means a little house, I would do that. Whatever the situation, I trust him.
Your people will be my people
When you get married, families merge. I wanted him to know that I was accepting of his family, his culture, and his lifestyle. I know there is no way that the way things go for me will always work for him. I wanted to change things that really don’t matter for him.
and your God my God
My husband and I are both Christians. So, this may seem redundant, but really there are a lot of nuances. I wanted him to know that he was their spiritual leader as well. Where we went to church was his ultimate say. That includes a lot when you considered all the different denominations. We did not come from the same type of denomination either. It was pretty different.
In the end, I just want him to know that I am willing to be the wife he wants me to be and to love him no matter what. We are in it for the long haul, and I love you Caleb :).