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Ruth 1

Naomi Widowed

1In the days when the judges governed [Israel], there was a famine in the land [of Canaan]. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live temporarily in the [a]country of Moab with his wife and his two sons. The man’s name was Elimelech and his wife’s name was Naomi and his two sons were named Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went to the country of Moab and stayed there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left [a widow] with her two sons. They took wives from the Moabite women; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other was Ruth. They lived there about ten years; and then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so the woman [Naomi] was left without her two sons and her husband.

Then she set out with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in Moab how the Lord had taken care of His people [of Judah] in giving them food. So she left the place where she was living, her two daughters-in-law with her, and they started on the way back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you return to your mother’s house. May the Lord show kindness to you as you have shown kindness to the dead and to me. May the Lord grant that you find rest, each one in the home of her husband.” Then she kissed them [goodbye], and they wept aloud. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will go with you to your people [in Judah].” 11 But Naomi said, “Go back, my daughters, why should you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that may become your husbands? 12 Go back, my daughters, go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, and if I actually had a husband tonight and even gave birth to sons, 13 would you wait until they were grown? Would you go without marrying? No, my daughters; for it is much more [b]difficult for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has gone against me.”

Ruth’s Loyalty

14 Then they wept aloud again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law [goodbye], but Ruth clung to her.

15 Then Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; turn back and follow your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do the same to me [as He has done to you], and more also, if anything but death separates me from you.” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.

19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole city was [c]stirred because of them, and the women asked, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi (sweetness); call me Mara (bitter), for the Almighty has caused me great grief and bitterness. 21 I left full [with a husband and two sons], but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

22 So Naomi returned from the country of Moab, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law. And they arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

Notas al pie

  1. Ruth 1:1 Moab was located on a high plateau on the eastern shore of the Salt (Dead) Sea. The Moabites were related to the Israelites through their common ancestor, Terah. Their primary god was Chemosh, but the Moabites also worshiped many other pagan gods and sometimes engaged in human sacrifice.
  2. Ruth 1:13 Lit bitter.
  3. Ruth 1:19 Bethlehem was a small city where everyone probably knew everyone else, and Naomi’s husband may have been a prominent man in the city.

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Rute 1

A Família de Elimeleque em Moabe

1Na época dos juízes houve fome na terra. Um homem de Belém de Judá, com a mulher e os dois filhos, foi viver por algum tempo nas terras de Moabe. O homem chamava-se Elimeleque, sua mulher Noemi e seus dois filhos Malom e Quiliom. Eram efrateus de Belém de Judá. Chegaram a Moabe, e lá ficaram.

Morreu Elimeleque, marido de Noemi, e ela ficou sozinha, com seus dois filhos. Eles se casaram com mulheres moabitas, uma chamada Orfa e a outra Rute. Depois de terem morado lá por quase dez anos, morreram também Malom e Quiliom, e Noemi ficou sozinha, sem os seus dois filhos e sem o seu marido.

Noemi e Rute Voltam para Belém

Quando Noemi soube em Moabe que o Senhor viera em auxílio do seu povo, dando-lhe alimento, decidiu voltar com suas duas noras para a sua terra. Assim, ela, com as duas noras, partiu do lugar onde tinha morado.

Enquanto voltavam para a terra de Judá, disse-lhes Noemi: “Vão! Retornem para a casa de suas mães! Que o Senhor seja leal com vocês, como vocês foram leais com os falecidos e comigo. O Senhor conceda que cada uma de vocês encontre segurança no lar doutro marido”.

Então deu-lhes beijos de despedida. Mas elas começaram a chorar alto 10 e lhe disseram:

“Não! Voltaremos com você para junto de seu povo!”

11 Disse, porém, Noemi: “Voltem, minhas filhas! Por que viriam comigo? Poderia eu ainda ter filhos, que viessem a ser seus maridos? 12 Voltem, minhas filhas! Vão! Estou velha demais para ter outro marido. E mesmo que eu pensasse que ainda há esperança para mim — ainda que eu me casasse esta noite e depois desse à luz filhos, 13 iriam vocês esperar até que eles crescessem? Ficariam sem se casar à espera deles? De jeito nenhum, minhas filhas! Para mim é mais amargo do que para vocês, pois a mão do Senhor voltou-se contra mim!”

14 Elas, então, começaram a chorar alto de novo. Depois Orfa deu um beijo de despedida em sua sogra, mas Rute ficou com ela.

15 Então Noemi a aconselhou: “Veja, sua concunhada está voltando para o seu povo e para o seu deus. Volte com ela!”

16 Rute, porém, respondeu:

“Não insistas comigo que te deixe
    e que não mais te acompanhe.
Aonde fores irei,
    onde ficares ficarei!
O teu povo será o meu povo
    e o teu Deus será o meu Deus!
17 Onde morreres morrerei,
    e ali serei sepultada.
Que o Senhor me castigue
    com todo o rigor,
se outra coisa que não a morte
    me separar de ti!”

18 Quando Noemi viu que Rute estava de fato decidida a acompanhá-la, não insistiu mais.

19 Prosseguiram, pois, as duas até Belém. Ali chegando, todo o povoado ficou alvoroçado por causa delas. “Será que é Noemi?”, perguntavam as mulheres. 20 Mas ela respondeu:

“Não me chamem Noemi[a],
    melhor que me chamem de Mara[b],
pois o Todo-poderoso[c]
    tornou minha vida muito amarga!
21 De mãos cheias eu parti,
mas de mãos vazias
    o Senhor me trouxe de volta.
Por que me chamam Noemi?
O Senhor colocou-se contra mim![d]
O Todo-poderoso me trouxe desgraça!”

22 Foi assim que Noemi voltou das terras de Moabe, com sua nora Rute, a moabita. Elas chegaram a Belém no início da colheita da cevada.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.20 Noemi significa agradável; também no versículo 21.
  2. 1.20 Mara significa amarga.
  3. 1.20 Hebraico: Shaddai; também no versículo 21.
  4. 1.21 Ou me trouxe sofrimento!