Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, dieth there.
Ruth 1:1 And it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man went from Bethlehem-Judah, to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. Ruth 1:2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-Judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there. Ruth 1:3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
Mahlon and Chilion, having married wives of Moab, die also.
Ruth 1:4 And they took them Moabitish wives; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the second Ruth: and they abode there about ten years. Ruth 1:5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also, both of them; and the woman was left of her two children and of her husband.
Naomi returning homeward,
Ruth 1:6 And she arose, she and her daughters-in-law, and returned from the fields of Moab; for she had heard in the fields of Moab how that Jehovah had visited his people to give them bread. Ruth 1:7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she had been, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
dissuadeth her two daughters in law from going with her.
Ruth 1:8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each to her mother's house. Jehovah deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead and with me. Ruth 1:9 Jehovah grant you that ye may find rest, each in the house of her husband. And she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice and wept. Ruth 1:10 And they said to her, We will certainly return with thee to thy people. Ruth 1:11 And Naomi said, Return, my daughters: why will ye go with me? Are there yet sons in my womb, that they could be your husbands? Ruth 1:12 Return, my daughters, go; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, should I even have a husband to-night, and should I also bear sons, Ruth 1:13 would ye wait on that account till they were grown? Would ye stay on that account from having husbands? No, my daughters, for I am in much more bitterness than you; for the hand of Jehovah is gone out against me.
Orpah leaveth her, but Ruth with great constancy accompanieth her.
Ruth 1:14 And they lifted up their voice and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave to her. Ruth 1:15 And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back to her people and to her gods: return after thy sister-in-law. Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Do not intreat me to leave thee, to return from [following] after thee; for whither thou goest I will go, and where thou lodgest I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God; Ruth 1:17 where thou diest will I die, and there will I be buried. Jehovah do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part me and thee! Ruth 1:18 And when she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, she left off speaking to her.
They two come to Beth-lehem, where they are gladly received.
Ruth 1:19 And they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they came to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and the [women] said, Is this Naomi? Ruth 1:20 And she said to them, Call me not Naomicall me Mara; for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. Ruth 1:21 I went out full, and Jehovah has brought me home again empty. Why do ye call me Naomi, seeing Jehovah has brought me low, and the Almighty has afflicted me? Ruth 1:22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, who returned out of the fields of Moab; and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of the barley-harvest.