Elimelech's swerving from the rest in God's economy
in the days when the ajudges 1ruled
, there was a 2bfamine
in the land. And a man from 3cBethlehem
in Judah 4went
down to dwell as a sojourner in the country of 5Moab
, he and his wife and his two sons.
the man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.
Naomi's returning to the rest in God's economy
Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, 1died
; and she was left with her two sons.
they took wives for themselves from among the 1Moabite
women. One’s name was Orpah, and the second’s name was 2aRuth
. And they dwelt there about ten years.
both Mahlon and Chilion died, and the woman was left without her two children and her husband.
she rose up with her daughters-in-law in order to 1return
from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that Jehovah had avisited
His people by giving them food.
she went forth from the place where she had been, along with her two daughters-in-law; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
Ruth's choosing for her goal
Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go and return, each of you, to your mother’s house. May Jehovah deal kindly with you, just as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
Jehovah grant you to find arest
, each of you in the house of your husband. Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice and wept.
they said to her, No, we will return with you to your people.
Naomi said, Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb, that they may be your ahusbands
, my daughters, go; for I am too old to have a husband. If I said, I have hope; even if I had a husband tonight and even bore sons;
you then wait until they were agrown
? Would you then refrain from having a husband? No, my daughters; it has been far more bitter for me than it should be
for you, for the hand of Jehovah has gone forth against me.
they lifted up their voice and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth aclung
she said, Your sister-in-law has now returned to her people and to her gods; return with your sister-in-law.
Ruth said, Do not entreat me to leave you and turn away from following after you. For awherever
you go, I 1will
go, and wherever you dwell, I will dwell; and byour
people will be my people, and your 2God
will be my God.
you die, I will die; and there will I be buried. Jehovah do so to me, and more as well, if anything but death parts me from you.
saw that she was determined to go with her, she ceased speaking to her about it
the two of them traveled until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them; and the women
said, Is this Naomi?
she said to them, Do not call me Naomi; call me 1aMara
; for the bAll
-sufficient One has 2dealt
very bitterly with me.
went out full, but Jehovah has brought me back aempty
. Why do you call me Naomi, when Jehovah has 1afflicted
me and the All-sufficient One has dealt harshly with me?
Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the 1barley