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, Judah, went to dwell in the land of Moab, he and
his wife and his two sons.
2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of
his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to
the land of Moab and remained there.
3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the
name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.
5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two children and
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 Jehovah had visited His people by giving them
7 Therefore she went out 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 to her mother's house.
Jehovah deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
9 Jehovah grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband. And she kissed
them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
10 And they said to her, Surely we will return with you to your people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there yet
sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn back, my daughters, go; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have
hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons,
13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from
having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the
hand of Jehovah has gone out against me!
14 And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law,
but Ruth clung to her.
15 And she said, Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods;
return after your sister-in-law.
16 But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you;
for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever 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 will I be buried. Jehovah 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, she stopped speaking to her.
19 So the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they
had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was in a stir because of them; and they said, Is this
20 And she said to them, Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt
very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full, and Jehovah has brought me back home empty. Why do you call me
Naomi, since Jehovah has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?
22 Thus Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who
returned from the land of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley