Ruth 1 NAS

Naomi Widowed

1 Now it came about in the days 1when the judges agoverned, that there was 2a famine in the land. And a certain man 3of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab bwith his wife and his two sons.

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    • a 1:1 - Or "judged"
    • b 1:1 - Lit "he, and"
      2 The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they 4entered the land of Moab and remained there.

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      3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.
      4 They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.
      5 Then cboth Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.

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        • c 1:5 - Lit "both of them"
          6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the LORD had 5visited His people in 6giving them food.

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          7 So she departed from the place where * she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
          8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. 7May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

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          9 "May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
          10 And they said to her, "No, but we will surely return with you to your people."
          11 But Naomi said, "Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that 8they may be your husbands?

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          12 "Return, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons,
          13 would you therefore wait until * they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying * *? No, my daughters; for it is dharder * for me than for you, for 9the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me."

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          Ruth's Loyalty

          14 And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

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              15 Then she said, "Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her 10gods; return after your sister-in-law."

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              16 But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where * you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.
              17 "Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may 11the LORD do to me, and worse *, if anything but death parts you and me."

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              18 When 12she saw that she was determined to go with her, she esaid no more to her.

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                • e 1:18 - Lit "ceased to speak"
                  19 So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, 13all the city was stirred because of them, and fthe women said, "Is this Naomi?"

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                  20 She said to them, "Do not call me gNaomi; call me hMara, for i14the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

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                    • g 1:20 - I.e. pleasant
                    • h 1:20 - I.e. bitter
                    • i 1:20 - Heb "Shaddai"
                      21 "I went out full, but 15the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and jthe Almighty has afflicted me?"

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                        • j 1:21 - Heb "Shaddai"
                          22 So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at 16the beginning of barley harvest.

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                          Study tools for Ruth 1

                          • a 1:1 - Or "judged"
                          • b 1:1 - Lit "he, and"
                          • c 1:5 - Lit "both of them"
                          • d 1:13 - Lit "more bitter"
                          • e 1:18 - Lit "ceased to speak"
                          • f 1:19 - Lit "they"
                          • g 1:20 - I.e. pleasant
                          • h 1:20 - I.e. bitter
                          • i 1:20 - Heb "Shaddai"
                          • j 1:21 - Heb "Shaddai"