The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE BOOK OF RUTH

THE ANTECEDENTS OF RUTH,
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IN THE time when the judges were1 in power a famine occurred in the land; so a certain man from Bethlehem in Judah emigrated to the country of Moab, along with his wife and two sons. The man's name was2 Elimelech, his wife's Naomi, and the names of his two sons Mahlonand Chilion -- Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. So they came to the country of Moab, and remained there. Then Elim-3 elech, the husband of Naomi, died; and she was left a widow, with her two sons. These married Moabite women, the4 name of one being Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there for about ten years, and then both Mahlon and Chilion died. Then, being bereft of5 her two children as well as of her hus band, the woman, with her daughters-6 in-law, prepared to return from the country of Moab; for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had taken note of his people by giving them food. So she left the place where7 she was, accompanied by her two daughters-in-law, and they set out on the road to return to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-8 in-law,

"Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal as kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me! May the LORD9 enable you to find a home, each of you, in the house of her husband!"

Then she kissed them good-bye; but they lifted up their voices in weeping, and said to her,10

"No, we will go back with you to your people."

But Naomi said,11

"Turn back, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I any more sons in my womb to become hus bands for you? Turn back, my daugh-12 ters; go your way; for I am too old to get married. If I should say that I have hopes both of getting married tonight and of bearing sons, would you wait for 13 them until they were grown up? Would you forego marriage for them? No, my daughters; but I am very sorry for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has been raised against me."

Then they lifted up their voices again 14 in weeping, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth ching to her.

"See," she said, "your sister-in-law is 15 has turned back to her own people and her own gods; turn back after your sister-in-law."

But Ruth said, 16

"Do not press me to leave you, to turn back from following you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your god my god; wherever you die, I will die, and 17 there will I be buried. May the LORD requite me and worse, if even death separates me from you."

When she saw that she was deter--18 mined to go with her, she ceased arguing with her. So the two of them went on 19 until they came to Bethlehem. Upon their arrival in Bethlehem the whole city became agitated over them, and the women said,

"Is this Naomi?"

But she said to them, 20

"Do not call me Naomi [pleasant]; call me Mara [bitter]; for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went 21 away full, but the LORD has brought me back destitute. Why should you call me Naomi, seeing that the LORD has afflicted me, and the Almighty has brought evil upon me?"

So Naomi returned from the country 22 of Moab, accompanied by her daughterin-law, Ruth, the Moabitess. They reached Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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