A-Z: General definitions: Widow


In the Bible, the widow is sometimes portrayed as an example of affliction and desolation. For example when Jerusalem is destroyed by the Babylonians, the city is compared to a widow's mourning (Lamentations 1:1-2). God is depicted as one who cares passionately for the welfare and justice of widows (Psalms 146:9). The Old Testament story of Ruth depicts her movement from widowhood to marriage and motherhood.

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