Ruth 1:1-17 & 4:13-17
1:1 IIn the daysII when the judgesIII ruled,IV there wasV a famineVI in the land,VII
and a certain manVIII of BethlehemIX in JudahX
wentXI to liveXII in the countryXIII
of Moab,XIV he and his wifeXV and twoXVI sons.XVII
2 The nameXVIII of the man was ElimelechXIX and the name of his wife Naomi,XX
and the names of his two sons were MahlonXXI and Chilion;XXII they were EphrathitesXXIII from Bethlehem in Judah.
They wentXXIV into the country of Moab and remainedXXV there. 3 But Elimelech, the husbandXXVI of Naomi, died,XXVII and she was leftXXVIII with her two sons.
4 These tookXXIX MoabiteXXX wives; the name of the oneXXXI
was OrpahXXXII and the name of the otherXXXIII Ruth.XXXIV
When they had livedXXXV there about tenXXXVI years,XXXVII 5 bothXXXVIII Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the womanXXXIX was left without her two sonsXL and her husband.
6 Then she startedXLI to returnXLII with her daughters-in-lawXLIII from the country of Moab, for she had heardXLIV in the country of Moab that the LordXLV
had consideredXLVI his peopleXLVII and givenXLVIII them food.XLIX
7 So she set outL from the placeLI where she had been living,LII she and her two daughters-in-law, and they wentLIII on their wayLIV to go backLV to the land of Judah.
8 But Naomi saidLVI to her two daughters-in-law, “GoLVII backLVIII eachLIX of you to your mother’sLX house.LXI
May the LordLXII dealLXIII kindlyLXIV with you, as you have dealt with the deadLXV and with me. 9 The LordLXVI grantLXVII
that you may findLXVIII security,LXIX each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissedLXX them, and they wept aloud.LXXI
10 They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi said, “Turn back,LXXII my daughters.LXXIII Why will you goLXXIV with me? Do I still have sonsLXXV in my wombLXXVI that they may becomeLXXVII your husbands?
12 Turn back, my daughters, goLXXVIII your way, for I am too oldLXXIX to haveLXXX a husband. Even if I thoughtLXXXI there wasLXXXII hopeLXXXIII for me,
even if I should have a husband tonightLXXXIV and bearLXXXV sons,LXXXVI 13 wouldLXXXVII you then waitLXXXVIII until they were grown?LXXXIX
Would you then refrainXC fromXCI marrying?XCII No, my daughters, it has been far moreXCIII bitterXCIV for me than for you,
because the handXCV of the LordXCVI has turnedXCVII against me.” 14 Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-lawXCVIII goodbye, but Ruth clungXCIX to her.
15 So she said, “Look,C your sister-in-lawCI has gone backCII to her people and to her gods;CIII return afterCIV your sister-in-law.”
16 But Ruth said,
“Do not pressCV me to leaveCVI you,
to turn back from followingCVII you!
Where you go,CVIII I will go;CIX
where you lodge,CX I will lodge;
your people shall be my people
and your GodCXI my God.
17 Where you die, I will die,
and there will I be buried.CXII
May the LordCXIII doCXIV thusCXV to me,CXVI
and moreCXVII as well,
if even deathCXVIII partsCXIX me fromCXX you!”
4:13 So BoazCXXI tookCXXII Ruth, and she became his wife. When they cameCXXIII together,
the LordCXXIV madeCXXV her conceive,CXXVI and she bore a son.CXXVII
14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed beCXXVIII the Lord,CXXIX who has not leftCXXX you this day without next-of-kin,CXXXI
and may his name be renownedCXXXII in Israel!CXXXIII 15 He shall be to you a restorerCXXXIV of lifeCXXXV and a nourisherCXXXVI of your old age,CXXXVII
for your daughter-in-law who lovesCXXXVIII you, who is moreCXXXIX to you than sevenCXL sons,CXLI has borne him.”
16 Then Naomi tookCXLII the childCXLIII and laidCXLIV him in her bosomCXLV and became his nurse.CXLVI
17 The women of the neighborhoodCXLVII gaveCXLVIII him a name, saying, “A sonCXLIX has been born to Naomi.”
They namedCL him Obed;CLI he became the fatherCLII of Jesse,CLIII the father of David.CLIV
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