Ruth 1


Elimelech and Naomi Go to Moab

1And it came to pass in the days in the judging of the judges. And came to pass a famine in the land. And went forth a man from Beth-lehem of Judea to sojourn in the field of Moab, he, and his wife, and [2two 3sons 1his]. 2And the name to the man was Elimelech, and the name to his wife was Naomi, and the name to [2two 3sons 1his] -- Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites from Beth-lehem of Judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and were there.

Death of Naomi's Husband and Sons

3And [5died 1Elimelech 2the 3husband 4of Naomi], and [6were left 1she 2and 4two 5sons 3her]. 4And they took to themselves Moabite wives; the name to the one was Orpah, and the name to the second Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5And [7died 1also 2indeed 3both 4Mahlon 5and 6Chilion]. And [3was left 1the 2woman] of [2two 3sons 1her], and of her husband. 6And she rose up, and [2two 3daughter-in-laws 1her], and they returned from out of the country of Moab; for they heard in the country of Moab that the  lord visited his people to give to them bread loaves. 7And she went forth from out of the place of which she was there, and [2two 3daughter-in-laws 1her] with her; and they went by journey to return to the land of Judah. 8And Naomi said to [2two 3daughters-in-law 1her], Go please! Let [2return 1each] to the house of her mother! May the  lord deal [2with 3you 1mercy], as you did with the ones having died, and with me. 9May the  lord give to you that you should find rest each in the house of her husband. And she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice and wept. 10And they said to her, [2with 3you 1We shall return] unto your people. 11And Naomi said, Return please, my daughters! Why do you go with me? Are there still to me sons in my belly, and will they be to you for husbands? 12Turn back please, my daughters! Go please! for I grow old to not have a husband. For I said, Is it to me a reality to be to me a husband, and shall I give birth to sons? 13Shall you wait for them until of which time they should become manly? Or, for them shall you hold up to not have a husband? No, my daughters; for it is made bitter to me exceedingly for you, that [3came forth 4against 5me 1the hand 2of the  lord]. 14And they lifted up their voice and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, and turned back to her people. But Ruth followed her. 15And Naomi said to Ruth, Behold, [3returned 2sister-in-law 1your] to her people, and to her gods; [4turn back 3please 2also 1you] after your sister-in-law!

Ruth Returns with Naomi

16[3said 1And 2Ruth], Do not confront me to leave you or to turn behind you! For you -- where ever you should go, I shall go; and where ever you should lodge, I shall lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17And where ever you should die, I shall die, and there I shall be entombed. Thus [2do 1the  lord] to me! and thus may he add more. For death only shall separate between me and you. 18[3seeing 1And 2Naomi] that she was determined to go with her, she abated to speak to her any more. 19[3went 1And 2both] until their arriving in Beth-lehem. And it came to pass in their coming unto Beth-lehem, that [4resounded 1all 2the 3city] concerning them. And they said, Is this Naomi? 20And she said to them, Do not indeed call me Naomi! Call me, Bitter one! for [3embittered 4me 1the 2worthy one] exceedingly. 21I went out full, and [4empty 2returned 3me 1the  lord]. And why do you call me Naomi, and the  lord humbled me, and the worthy one afflicted me? 22And Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, to return from the country of Moab. And they came unto Beth-lehem at the beginning [2harvest 1of barley].
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