Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home.(A) May the Lord show you kindness,(B) as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands(C) and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest(D) in the home of another husband.”

Then she kissed(E) them goodbye and they wept aloud(F)

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16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you(A) or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go,(B) and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people(C) and your God my God.(D) 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely,(E) if even death separates you and me.”(F) 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.(G)

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