Ruth 1:19-22 NIV

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem.1 When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred2 because of them, and the women exclaimed, "Can this be Naomi?"

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20 "Don't call me Naomi,a " she told them. "Call me Mara,b because the Almightyc3 has made my life very bitter.4

References for Ruth 1:20

    • b 1:20 - "Naomi" means "pleasant "; also in verse 21.
    • c 1:20 - "Mara" means "bitter."
    • d 1:20 - Hebrew "Shaddai "; also in verse 21
      21 I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty.5 Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflictedd me;6 the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me."

      References for Ruth 1:21

        • e 1:21 - Or "has testified against"
          22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabitess,7 her daughter-in-law,8 arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest9 was beginning.10

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