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19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them; and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them,

“Call me no longer Naomi,[a]
    call me Mara,[b]
    for the Almighty[c] has dealt bitterly with me.
21 I went away full,
    but the Lord has brought me back empty;
why call me Naomi
    when the Lord has dealt harshly with[d] me,
    and the Almighty[e] has brought calamity upon me?”

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Footnotes

  1. Ruth 1:20 That is Pleasant
  2. Ruth 1:20 That is Bitter
  3. Ruth 1:20 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  4. Ruth 1:21 Or has testified against
  5. Ruth 1:21 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai

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