CLV(i) 1 It was in the days when the judges judged, that a famine came over the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the fields 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. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They came to the fields of Moab and stayed there. 3 When Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, she remained, she and her two sons. 4 They took up Moabite wives for themselves; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the second was Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then Mahlon and Chilion, both of them, also died. Thus the woman remained without her two boys and without her husband. 6 She got up with her daughters-in-law to return from the fields of Moab, for she had heard in the field of Moab that Yahweh had visited His people and given them bread. 7 So she went forth from the place where she had been; and her two daughters-in-law were with her when they went on the road to return to the area of Judah. 8 Yet Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go, turn back, each of you to her mother's house. May Yahweh deal kindly with you, just as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 May Yahweh grant you that each may find a resting-place in the house of her husband. When she kissed them, they lifted up their voice and wept. 10 They said to her, No, but with you we shall return to your people. 11 Naomi replied, Turn back, my daughters! Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my internal parts who might become husbands for you? 12 Turn back, my daughters! Go, for too old am I to belong to a husband. Even if I would say, There is expectation for me, even if I would belong to a husband tonight, even if I would bear sons, 13 should you look forward for them until they grow up? Should you refrain from marriage for them so as not to belong to a husband? It must not be, my daughters, for it is exceedingly more bitter for me than for you; for against me went forth the hand of Yahweh. 14 Then they lifted up their voice and wept again; and Orpah kissed her husband's mother and turned back to her people. As for Ruth, she clung to her. 15 So Naomi said to Ruth, Behold, your sister-in-law has turned back to her people and to her elohim. Turn back after your sister-in-law. 16 Ruth replied, You must not persuade me to forsake you, to turn away from following you; for wherever you go I shall go, and wherever you lodge I shall lodge. Your people will be my people, and your Elohim my Elohim. 17 Where you die, I shall die; and there I shall be entombed. Thus may Yahweh do to me and thus add to it if anything but death parts me from you. 18 When Naomi realized that she was resolute to go with her, she left off arguing with her further. 19 So they went, both of them, until they came to Bethlehem. It came about as they entered Bethlehem, that the whole city was clamoring over them, and the women said, Is this Naomi? 20 She replied to them, You must not call me Naomi. Call me Mara, for He Who-Suffices has brought intense bitterness on me. 21 I was full when I went out, yet empty has Yahweh caused me to return. Why call me Naomi when Yahweh has humbled me, and He Who-Suffices has done evil to me? 22 Thus Naomi returned, and Ruth her Moabite daughter-in-law being with her who had turned away from the fields of Moab. They came to Bethlehem at the start of the barley harvest.