1Now it came about in the days when the judges administered justice that a famine arose in the land, and a man proceeded to go from Beth′le‧hem in Judah to reside as an alien in the fields of Mo′ab, he with his wife and his two sons.2And the man’s name was E‧lim′e‧lech, and his wife’s name Na′o‧mi, and the names of his two sons were Mah′lon and Chil′i‧on, Eph′rath‧ites from Beth′le‧hem in Judah. Eventually they came to the fields of Mo′ab and continued there.
3In time E‧lim′e‧lech the husband of Na′o‧mi died, so that she remained with her two sons.4Later the men took wives for themselves, Mo′ab‧ite women. The name of the one was Or′pah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they went on dwelling there for about ten years.5In time the two of them, Mah′lon and Chil′i‧on, also died, so that the woman remained without her two children and her husband.6And she proceeded to get up with her daughters‐in‐law and to return from the fields of Mo′ab, for she had heard in the field of Mo′ab that Jehovah had turned his attention to his people by giving them bread.
7And she went her way out from the place where she had continued, and both of her daughters‐in‐law were with her, and they kept walking on the road to return to the land of Judah.8Finally Na′o‧mi said to both of her daughters‐in‐law: “Go, return, each one to the house of her mother. May Jehovah exercise loving‐kindness toward YOU, just as YOU have exercised it toward the men now dead and toward me.9May Jehovah make a gift to YOU, and do YOU find a resting‐place each one in the house of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they began to raise their voices and weep.10And they kept saying to her: “No, but with you we shall return to your people.”11But Na′o‧mi said: “Return, my daughters. Why should YOU go with me? Do I still have sons in my inward parts, and will they have to become YOUR husbands?12Return, my daughters, go, for I have grown too old to get to belong to a husband. If I had said I had hope also that I should certainly become a husband’s tonight and also should certainly bear sons,13would YOU keep waiting for them until they could grow up? Would YOU keep yourselves secluded for them so as not to become a husband’s? No, my daughters, for it is very bitter to me because of YOU, that the hand of Jehovah has gone out against me.”
14At that they raised their voices and wept some more, after which Or′pah kissed her mother‐in‐law. As for Ruth, she stuck with her.15So she said: “Look! Your widowed sister‐in‐law has returned to her people and her gods. Return with your widowed sister‐in‐law.”
16And Ruth proceeded to say: “Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I shall go, and where you spend the night I shall spend the night. Your people will be my people, and your God my God.17Where you die I shall die, and there is where I shall be buried. May Jehovah do so to me and add to it if anything but death should make a separation between me and you.”
18When she got to see that she was persistent about going with her, then she left off speaking to her.19And they both continued on their way until they came to Beth′le‧hem. And it came about that as soon as they came to Beth′le‧hem, all the city became stirred up over them, and the women kept saying: “Is this Na′o‧mi?”20And she would say to the women: “Do not call me Na′o‧mi. Call me Ma′ra, for the Almighty has made it very bitter for me.21I was full when I went, and it is empty‐handed that Jehovah has made me return. Why should YOU call me Na′o‧mi, when it is Jehovah that has humiliated me and the Almighty that has caused me calamity?”
22Thus Na′o‧mi made her return, Ruth the Mo′ab‧ite woman, her daughter‐in‐law, being with her when returning from the fields of Mo′ab; and they came to Beth′le‧hem at the commencement of barley harvest.