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1 In the days when the Judges were governing, a famine occurred in the country and a certain man from Bethlehem of Judah went-he, his wife and his two sons -- to live in the Plains of Moab.
Gen 12:10  Gen 26:1  Ezek 14:13  Gen 43:1  Judg 17:8  Ps 105:16  1Kgs 17:1-12 

2 The man was called Elimelech, his wife Naomi and his two sons Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah. Going to the Plains of Moab, they settled there.
Gen 35:19  1Sam 17:21  Mic 5:2  1Sam 1:1 

3 Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, and she and her two sons were left.
Heb 12:10-11  Ps 34:19  2Kgs 4:1  Heb 12:6 

4 These married Moabite women: one was called Orpah and the other Ruth. They lived there for about ten years.
Matt 1:5  1Kgs 11:1-2  Deut 7:3  Deut 23:3 

5 Mahlon and Chilion then both died too, and Naomi was thus bereft of her two sons and her husband.
Deut 32:39  Isa 49:21  Jer 2:19  Luke 7:12  Ps 89:30-32  Matt 22:25-27 

6 She then decided to come back from the Plains of Moab with her daughters-in-law, having heard in the Plains of Moab that God had visited his people and given them food.
Ps 132:15  Exod 4:31  Matt 6:11  Exod 3:16  Exod 16:4-6  Luke 1:68  1Pet 2:12 

7 So, with her daughters-in-law, she left the place where she was living and they took the road back to Judah.
2Kgs 8:3  Exod 18:27  Ruth 1:10  Ruth 1:14 

8 Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, 'Go back, each of you to your mother's house.
Ruth 1:5  Ruth 2:20  Col 3:18  Eph 5:22  2Tim 1:16-18  Col 3:24  Eph 6:2-3 

9 May Yahweh show you faithful love, as you have done to those who have died and to me. Yahweh grant that you may each find happiness with a husband!' She then kissed them, but they began weeping loudly,
Ruth 3:1  Acts 20:37  Gen 27:27  Gen 29:11  Gen 45:15 

10 and said, 'No, we shall go back with you to your people.'
Zech 8:23  Ps 16:3  Ps 119:63 

11 'Go home, daughters,' Naomi replied. 'Why come with me? Have I any more sons in my womb to make husbands for you?
Deut 25:5  Gen 38:11 

12 Go home, daughters, go, for I am now too old to marry again. Even if I said, "I still have a hope: I shall take a husband this very night and shall bear more sons,"
Gen 17:17  1Tim 5:9 

13 would you be prepared to wait for them until they were grown up? Would you refuse to marry for their sake? No, daughters, I am bitterly sorry for your sakes that the hand of Yahweh should have been raised against me.'
Job 19:21  Judg 2:15  Ps 32:4  Ps 38:2  1Sam 5:11  Deut 2:15  Ps 39:9-10 

14 They started weeping loudly all over again; Orpah then kissed her mother-in-law and went back to her people. But Ruth stayed with her.
Prov 18:24  1Kgs 19:20  Deut 10:20  Isa 14:1  John 6:66-69  Matt 10:37  Matt 16:24 

15 Naomi then said, 'Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her god. Go home, too; follow your sister-in-law.'
Judg 11:24  2Kgs 2:2  2Sam 15:19-20  Josh 24:15  Zeph 1:6  1John 2:19  Heb 10:38 

16 But Ruth said, 'Do not press me to leave you and to stop going with you, for wherever you go, I shall go, wherever you live, I shall live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Ruth 2:11-12  Ps 45:10  1Thess 1:9  Isa 14:1  2Sam 15:21  2Cor 6:16-18  Dan 2:47 

17 Where you die, I shall die and there I shall be buried. Let Yahweh bring unnameable ills on me and worse ills, too, if anything but death should part me from you!'
1Sam 3:17  1Kgs 2:23  1Sam 25:22  2Kgs 6:31  2Sam 19:13  1Kgs 20:10  1Kgs 19:2 

18 Seeing that Ruth was determined to go with her, Naomi said no more.
Acts 21:14  Acts 2:42  Eph 6:10 

19 The two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. Their arrival set the whole town astir, and the women said, 'Can this be Naomi?'
Matt 21:10  Isa 23:7  Lam 2:15 

20 To this she replied, 'Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for Shaddai has made my lot bitter.
Job 6:4  Lam 3:1-20  Heb 12:11  Exod 6:3  Gen 17:1  Gen 43:14  Isa 38:13 

21 I departed full, and Yahweh has brought me home empty. Why, then, call me Naomi, since Yahweh has pronounced against me and Shaddai has made me wretched?'
Job 1:21  1Sam 2:7-8  Job 10:17  Job 13:26  Job 16:8  Mal 3:5 

22 This was how Naomi came home with her daughter-in-law, Ruth the Moabitess, on returning from the Plains of Moab. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
Ruth 2:23  2Sam 21:9  Exod 9:31-32