VIN(i) 1 In the days when the judges judged, there was a famine in the land. A man of Bethlehem Judah went with his wife and two sons to live in the country of Moab. 2 And 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, Judah. And they came to the land of Moab, and remained there. 3 And Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons, 4 Each of her sons married Moabite women: one named Orpah and the other named Ruth. After they lived there about ten years, 5 And Mahlon and Chilion both died also; and the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. 6 Some time later Naomi heard that the LORD blessed his people by giving them good crops. So she got ready to leave Moab with her daughters-in-law. 7 So she goes with her two daughters in law from the place she was; and they go on the way to return to the land of Yah Hudah. 8 Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May 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 in the house of her husband. So she kissed them, and they wept aloud, 10 and said to her, We will go back with thee to thy people. 11 But Naomi said, Go back, my daughters; why will you come with me? Have I more sons in my body, to become your husbands? 12 "Return home, my daughters. I am too old to get married again. Even if I thought there was still hope, and got married and had sons, 13 would you wait for them until they were grown? Would you refrain from marriage for them? No, my daughters! I'm more deeply grieved than you, because the LORD is working against me!" 14 They began to cry loudly again. So Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth remained with her. 15 Naomi said to her: "Ruth, your sister-in-law went back to her people and her gods. Go back home with her. 16 Ruth said, “Don't urge me to leave you, and to return from following you, for where you go, I will go; and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me. 18 When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. 19 So the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, all of the town was stirred because of them. And they said, "Is this Naomi?" 20 She said: "Do not call me Naomi (meaning pleasant). Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life bitter. 21 I went away full, but the LORD brought me back empty-handed! Why call me Naomi when the LORD has testified against me and Shaddai has brought calamity upon me?" 22 So Naomi came back out of the country of Moab, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her; and they came to Beth-lehem in the first days of the grain-cutting.
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