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 26:1 Gen 12:10 Gen 43:1 Ps 105:16 Judg 17:8 Ezek 14:13 Joel 1:16-20
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 Luke 1:68 Exod 3:16 Exod 16:4-6 Ps 104:14-15
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 2:20 Ruth 1:5 Col 3:18 Eph 5:22 Luke 14:25-33 Josh 24:15-28 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 Prov 17:17 Matt 19:22 Matt 16:24 Matt 10:37 John 6:66-69
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 Zeph 1:6 Josh 24:15 2Sam 15:19-20 2Kgs 2:2 Heb 10:38 Ps 125:5
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 Isa 14:1 1Thess 1:9 2Sam 15:21 Hos 13:4 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 2Sam 19:13 2Kgs 6:31 1Sam 25:22 1Kgs 20:10 2Sam 3:9
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 Rev 1:8 Ps 88:15 Ps 73:14
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