Elim'elech (Hebrews Elime'lek, אלִֵימֶלֶך God is his king; Sept. Ε᾿λιμέλεκ; Josephus, Ε᾿λιμέλεχος, Ant. 5:9, 1), a man of the tribe of Judah, and of the family of the Hezronites and kinsman of Boaz, who dwelt in Bethlehem-Ephratah in the days of the judges. B.C. cir. 1368. In consequence of a great dearth in the land he went with his wife Naomi, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to dwell in Moab, where he and his sons died without posterity (Ru 1:2-3; Ru 2:1,3; Ru 4:3,9). SEE RUTH.