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Ruth 1

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 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem of Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, his wife, and his two sons.

 2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah. And they came into the country of Moab and remained there.

 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband died; and she was left with her two sons.

 4 Now they took wives from the women of Moab; the name of one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years;

 5 Then Mahlon and Chilion both died also, so the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

 6 So she arose with her daughters in law so that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab how the LORD had visited his people by giving them food.

 7 Therefore she went out of the place where she was, her two daughters-in-law with her, and they set out on the way back to the land of Judah.

 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

 9 The LORD grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them and they lifted up their voice and wept.

 10 And they said to her, "Surely we will return with you to your people."

 11 But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Are there yet more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

 12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought I still had hope, if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons,

 13 Would you wait for them until they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me."

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

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

 16 And Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or to 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 will I die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me."

 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, then stopped urging her.

 19 So they both went on until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was stirred because of them, and said, "Is this Naomi?"

 20 And she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi [pleasant], call me Mara [bitter]; for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

 21 I went out full and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"

 22 So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law. They returned out of the country of Moab, and they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

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