Ruth could have stayed in her own country of Moab, with her wider family for support. She was young enough to marry again and might have gained some financial stability in that way, but she was determined to help Naomi, even at the cost of losing her own country, friends, family, culture and gods.
Ruth gave one of the greatest speeches about loyalty and love when she said to Naomi, “Don’t urge 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. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”