MLV(i) 1 And it happened in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to journey in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 And the name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. And they came into the country of Moab and continued there.
3 And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died and she was left and her two sons. 4 And they took wives for them 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 And Mahlon and Chilion died, both of them and the woman was left of her two children and of her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab how that Jehovah had visited his people in giving them bread. 7 And she went forth out of 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 of you* to her mother's house. Jehovah deal kindly with you*, as you* have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 Jehovah grant you* that you* may find rest, each of you* in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, No, but we will return with you to your people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters. Why will you* go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your* husbands? 12 Turn again, my daughters. Go your* way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope. If I should even have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would you* therefore delay till they were grown? Would you* therefore stay from having husbands? No, my daughters, for it grieves me much for your* sakes, for the hand of Jehovah has gone forth 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 god. Return after your sister-in-law.
16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you and to return from following after you, for where you go, I will go and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. Jehovah do so to me and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.
18 And when she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, she left off speaking to her.
19 So those two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they came to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them and the women said, Is this Naomi? 20 And she said to them, Call me not Naomi. Call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full and Jehovah has brought me home again empty. Why do you* call me Naomi, seeing Jehovah has testified against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?
22 So Naomi returned and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, who returned out of the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

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