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1 Now it came to pass, in the days when athe judges 1ruled, that there was ba famine in the land. And a certain man of cBethlehem, Judah, went to 2dwell in the country of dMoab, 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—eEphrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went fto the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they 3dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and 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 that the Lord had gvisited 4His people by hgiving them bread. 7 Therefore she went out from 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, i“Go, return each to her mother’s house. jThe Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt kwith the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find lrest, each in the house of her husband.”
11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, mthat they may be your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that nthe hand of the Lord has gone out against me!”
14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth oclung to her.
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
sYour people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
And there will I be buried.
tThe Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”
20 But she said to them, “Do not call me 7Naomi; call me 8Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, xand the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and 9the Almighty has afflicted me?”
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem yat the beginning of barley harvest.
2 There was a arelative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of bElimelech. His name was cBoaz. 2 So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the dfield, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.”
And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!”
6 So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman gwho came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7 And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.”
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
11 And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, jall that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. 12 kThe Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, lunder whose wings you have come for refuge.”
14 Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and owas satisfied, and kept some back. 15 And when she rose up to 2glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not 3reproach her. 16 Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of pbarley. 18 Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her qwhat she had kept back after she had been satisfied.
19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who rtook notice of you.”
So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, s“Blessed be he of the Lord, who thas not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, uone of 4our close relatives.”
22 And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not 5meet you in any other field.” 23 So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.
As a resident alien
Urge me not
Lit. made herself strong to go
Lit. to the heart of
Gather after the reapers
our redeemers, Heb. goalenu
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