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Mahlon and Chilion in Wikipedia
Mahlon and Chilion were two brothers mentioned in the Book of
Ruth. They were the sons of Elimelech of the tribe of Joseph
and his wife Naomi. Together with their parents, they settled
in the land of Moab during the period of the Israelite Judges.
Mahlon married the Moabite woman Ruth while Chilion married
Orpah (according to the Midrash, Ruth's sister).
Elimelech and his sons all died in Moab, leaving Naomi, Ruth
and Orpah widowed. Naomi returns to Israel, but advises her
daughters-in-law to stay in Moab; while Orpah takes the
advice, Ruth chooses to stay with Naomi and convert to
Judaism. In Israel, she then takes part in levirate marriage--
-marrying a relative of Mahlon's, an act which will ensure
that Mahlon's name is not forgotten, as any child she has will
be considered as if it were Mahlon's child. She marries Boaz,
and her child, Obed (biologically Boaz's but counted as if
Mahlon's), becomes the paternal grandfather of King David.