And it cometh to pass, in the days of the judging of the
judges, that there is a famine in the land, and there goeth a man from
Beth-Lehem-Judah to sojourn in the fields of Moab, he, and his wife, and his
And the name of the man is Elimelech, and the name of
his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites
from Beth-Lehem-Judah; and they come into the fields of Moab, and are there.
And Elimelech husband of Naomi dieth, and she is left, she
and her two sons;
and they take to them wives, Moabitesses: the name of the
one is Orpah, and the name of the second Ruth; and they dwell there
about ten years.
And they die also, both of them -- Mahlon and Chilion -- and
the woman is left of her two children and of her husband.
And she riseth, she and her daughters-in-law, and turneth
back from the fields of Moab, for she hath heard in the fields of Moab that God
hath looked after His people, -- to give to them bread.
And she goeth out from the place where she hath been, and
her two daughters-in-law with her, and they go in the way to turn back unto the
land of Judah.
And Naomi saith to her two daughters-in-law, 'Go, turn back,
each to the house of her mother; Jehovah doth with you kindness as ye have done
with the dead, and with me;
Jehovah doth grant to you, and find ye rest each in the
house of her husband;' and she kisseth them, and they lift up their voice and
And they say to her, 'Surely with thee we go back to thy
And Naomi saith, 'Turn back, my daughters; why do ye go with
me? are there yet to me sons in my bowels that they have been to you for
Turn back, my daughters, go, for I am too aged to be to a
husband; though I had said, There is for me hope, also, I have been to-night to
a husband, and also I have borne sons:
for them do ye wait till that they grow up? for them do ye
shut yourselves up, not to be to a husband? nay, my daughters, for more bitter
to me than to you, for the hand of Jehovah hath gone out against me.'
And they lift up their voice, and weep again, and Orpah
kisseth her mother-in-law, and Ruth hath cleaved to her.
And she saith, 'Lo, thy sister-in-law hath turned back unto
her people, and unto her god, turn thou back after thy sister-in-law.'
And Ruth saith, 'Urge me not to leave thee -- to turn back
from after thee; for whither thou goest I go, and where thou lodgest I lodge;
thy people is my people, and thy God my God.
Where thou diest I die, and there I am buried; thus doth
Jehovah to me, and thus doth He add -- for death itself doth part between me
And she seeth that she is strengthening herself to go with
her, and she ceaseth to speak unto her;
and they go both of them till their coming in to Beth-Lehem;
and it cometh to pass at their coming in to Beth-Lehem, that all the city is
moved at them, and they say, 'Is this Naomi?'
And she saith unto them, 'Call me not Naomi; call me Mara,
for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly to me,
I went out full, and empty hath Jehovah brought me back, why
do ye call me Naomi, and Jehovah hath testified against me, and the Almighty
hath done evil to me?'
And Naomi turneth back, and Ruth the Moabitess her
daughter-in-law with her, who hath turned back from the fields of Moab, and
they have come in to Beth-Lehem at the commencement of barley-harvest.