Ruth 1

Elimelech Takes His Family to Live in Moab

1 And it happened in the days [when] {the judges ruled},a there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem [of] Judah went {to reside}b in the countryside of Moab--he and his wife and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man [was] Elimelech, and the name of his wife [was] Naomi, and the name[s] of his two sons [were] Mahlon and Kilion. [They were] Ephraimites from Bethlehem [in] Judah. And they went [to] the countryside of Moab and remained there.
3 But Elimelech the husband of Naomi died and she was left behind [with] {her two sons}.c
4 And {they took}d for themselves Moabite wives. The name of the one [was] Orpah and the name of the other [was] Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.
5 But {both}e Mahlon and Kilion died, and the woman was left without her two sons and without her husband.

Naomi Returns with Ruth

6 And she got up, she and her daughters-in-law, and returned from the countryside of Moab, because she had heard in the countryside of Moab that Yahweh had {come to the aid of}f his people to give food to them.
7 So she set out from the place {where she was}g and her two daughters-in-law with her, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, each [of you] return to her mother's house. May Yahweh {show kindness to you}h [just] as you did with the dead and with me.
9 May Yahweh {grant that you}i find a resting place, each [in] the house of her husband." And she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice[s] and cried.
10 And they said to her, "[No,] we want to return with you to your people."
11 And Naomi said, "Return, my daughters. {Why do you still want to go with me}?j [Are there] sons {in my womb}k that may be husbands for you?
12 Turn back, my daughters! Go, for {I am too old to have a husband}.l If I should think there is hope for me, even if I should have a husband [this] night, and even if I should bear sons,
13 would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore {refrain from marrying}?m No, my daughters, for it is far more bitter to me than [to] you. For the hand of Yahweh has gone out against me."
14 And they lifted up their voices and cried again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law [goodbye], but Ruth clung to her.
15 And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has returned to her people and to her gods. Return after your sister-in-law [too]."
16 But Ruth said, "{Do not urge}n me to leave you [or] to return from {following you}!o For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people [will be] my people and your God [will be] my God.
17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. So may Yahweh do to me, {and even more, unless}p death {separates you and me}!"q
18 [When Naomi] saw that she was determined to go with her, {she said no more}.r
19 [So] the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. {And when they came}s to Bethlehem, all of the town was stirred because of them. And they said, "[Is] this Naomi?"
20 And she said to them, "You should not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for Shaddait has {caused me to be very bitter}.u
21 I went [away] full, but Yahweh brought me back empty-handed! Why call me Naomi {when Yahweh has testified against me}v and Shaddaiw has brought calamity upon me?"
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, returning from the countryside of Moab. And they came [to] Bethlehem at [the] beginning of [the] harvest of barley.
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