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19 They went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived, the whole town became excited, and the women there exclaimed, “Is this really Naomi?”

20 “Don't call me Naomi,” she answered; “call me Marah,[a] because Almighty God has made my life bitter. 21 When I left here, I had plenty, but the Lord has brought me back without a thing. Why call me Naomi when the Lord Almighty has condemned me and sent me trouble?”

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  1. Ruth 1:20 In Hebrew Naomi means “pleasant” and Marah means “bitter.”

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