According to the Bible, the Moabites didn’t help the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. They opposed the Israelite invasion of Canaan. As a consequence, the law excluded any descendant of a Moabite to join Israel, down to the tenth generation. If they couldn’t even join the community, how could one of them serve as a king?
Bible Trivia: Ruth’s Ancestors
In the story of Ruth, Samuel mentioned a specific truth about Ruth. She was a Moabite woman who lived in the foreign soil, city of Moab, where Naomi’s family lived when Bethlehem Judah was in a great famine. She was the wife of Naomi and Elimelek’s son, Mahlon.
So where does the sons of Moab came from?