Now it came about in the days1when the judgesagoverned, that there was 2a famine in the land. And a certain man3of Bethlehem in Judahwent to sojourn in the land of Moabbwith his wife and his twosons.
The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his twosons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they 4entered the land of Moab and remainedthere.
Then Elimelech, Naomi'shusband, died; and she was left with her twosons.
They took for themselvesMoabitewomen as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the otherRuth. And they livedthere about tenyears.
Then cbothMahlon and Chilionalsodied, and the woman was bereft of her twochildren and her husband.