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Naomi’s Husband and Sons Die

Now it happened in the days (A)when the judges judged, that there was (B)a famine in the land. And a certain man (C)of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the fields of Moab [a]with his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they (D)came to the fields of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left with her two sons. They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years. Then [b]both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was left without her two children and her husband.

Ruth Is Determined to Go with Naomi

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law and returned from the fields of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that [c]Yahweh had (E)visited His people to (F)give them [d]food. So she went forth 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. And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. (G)May Yahweh [e]show lovingkindness with you as you have [f]shown with the dead and with me. May Yahweh grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, but we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that (H)they may be your husbands? 12 Return, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is more bitter for me than for you, for (I)the hand of Yahweh has gone forth against me.” 14 And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has returned to her people and her (J)gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to forsake you in turning back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may (K)Yahweh do to me, and more, if anything but death separates you and me.” 18 So (L)she saw that she was determined to go with her, and she [g]said no more to her.

19 Then they both went until they came to Bethlehem. Now it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, (M)all the city was stirred because of them, and [h]the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me [i]Naomi; call me [j]Mara, for [k](N)the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, but (O)Yahweh has caused me to return empty. Why do you call me Naomi? Yahweh has answered against me, and [l]the Almighty has brought calamity against me.”

22 So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the fields of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at (P)the beginning of barley harvest.


  1. Ruth 1:1 Lit he, and
  2. Ruth 1:5 Lit both of them
  3. Ruth 1:6 The personal covenant name of God, a form of I AM WHO I AM, cf. Ex 3:14-15
  4. Ruth 1:6 Lit bread, cf. Bethlehem (house of bread), Ruth 1:19
  5. Ruth 1:8 Lit do, cf. 1:17; 2:11, 19
  6. Ruth 1:8 Lit done, cf. 1:17; 2:11, 19
  7. Ruth 1:18 Lit ceased to speak
  8. Ruth 1:19 Lit they
  9. Ruth 1:20 Lit pleasant
  10. Ruth 1:20 Lit bitter
  11. Ruth 1:20 Heb Shaddai
  12. Ruth 1:21 Heb Shaddai