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19 So the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came[a] to Bethlehem, all of the town was stirred because of them. And they said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 And she said to them, “You should not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for Shaddai[b] has caused me to be very bitter.[c] 21 I went away full, but Yahweh brought me back empty-handed! Why call me Naomi when Yahweh has testified against me[d] and Shaddai[e] has brought calamity upon me?”

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  1. Ruth 1:19 Literally “And it happened at the moment of coming”
  2. Ruth 1:20 Often translated “the Almighty”
  3. Ruth 1:20 Literally “caused very bitterness to me”
  4. Ruth 1:21 Literally “and Yahweh answered against me”
  5. Ruth 1:21 Often translated “the Almighty”

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