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Ruth 1:6–14

RUTH’S LOYALTY TO NAOMI

She and her daughters-in-law set out to return from the territory of Moab, because she had heard in Moab that the Lord had paid attention to his people’s need by providing them food.e She left the place where she had been living, accompanied by her two daughters-in-law, and traveled along the road leading back to the land of Judah.

Naomi said to them, “Each of you go back to your mother’s home.f May the Lord show kindness to you as you have shown to the dead and to me. May the Lord grant each of you restg in the house of a new husband.” She kissed them, and they wept loudly.

10 They said to her, “We insist on returning with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi replied, “Return home, my daughters. Why do you want to go with me? Am I able to have any more sons who could become your husbands?h 12 Return home, my daughters. Go on, for I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me to have a husband tonight and to bear sons, 13 would you be willing to wait for them to grow up? Would you restrain yourselves from remarrying?G No, my daughters, my life is much too bitter for you to share,H because the Lord’s hand has turned against me.”i 14 Again they wept loudly, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

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