So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was stirred by their arrival. "Is it really Naomi?" the women asked.
"Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Instead, call me Mara, a for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me.
I went away full, but the LORD has brought me home empty. Why should you call me Naomi when the LORD has caused me to suffer b and the Almighty has sent such tragedy?"
So Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Ruth, the young Moabite woman. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)