Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

路得记 1

拿俄米和路得

1在士师执政的时代,犹大发生了饥荒。有一个人带着妻子和两个儿子从犹大的伯利恒迁到摩押境内寄居。 这个人名叫以利米勒,妻子叫拿俄米,两个儿子分别叫玛伦和基连。他们都是犹大 伯利恒的以法他人。他们来到摩押,就在那里住了下来。 后来,拿俄米的丈夫以利米勒去世了,留下她和两个儿子。 这两个儿子都娶了摩押的女子为妻,一个名叫俄珥巴,一个名叫路得。他们在那里住了大约十年后, 玛伦和基连二人也相继去世,只剩下拿俄米,没有了丈夫,也没有了儿子。

后来,拿俄米在摩押听说耶和华眷顾祂的子民,使他们五谷丰登,就带着两个儿媳妇准备回故乡。 她们离开所居住的地方,启程返回犹大。 拿俄米对两个儿媳妇说:“你们还是各回娘家去吧!愿耶和华恩待你们,就好像你们恩待死去的丈夫和我一样。 愿耶和华使你们都有机会再嫁,找到好归宿。”拿俄米说完了,就亲吻她们。她们都放声大哭, 10 说:“不!我们要跟你一起回你的家乡。” 11 拿俄米说:“我的女儿啊,回娘家去吧!为什么要跟我去呢?难道我还能生儿子做你们的丈夫吗? 12 回去吧!我的女儿啊,走吧!我已经老了,不可能再嫁人了。就算我还有指望,今晚能再结婚生子, 13 难道你们能一直不嫁,等到他们长大吗?不要这样,我的女儿啊!这样你们会很苦,我就更苦了,因为耶和华伸手惩罚我。” 14 她们又放声大哭,俄珥巴就亲吻婆婆,向她道别。然而,路得却依依不舍,不肯离去。

15 拿俄米说:“你看,你嫂嫂已经回她家乡和她拜的神明那里去了,你也跟着嫂嫂回去吧!” 16 路得说:“不要逼我撇你而去。你往哪里去,我也要往哪里去;你住在哪里,我也要住在哪里;你的同胞就是我的同胞,你的上帝就是我的上帝; 17 你死在哪里,我也死在哪里、葬在哪里。只有死才能把我们分开。否则,愿耶和华重重地惩罚我!” 18 拿俄米见路得坚决要跟她走,就不再劝阻她了。

19 于是,二人便一同回到伯利恒。她们进了伯利恒,全城惊动。妇女们问:“这不是拿俄米吗?” 20 拿俄米对她们说:“不要再叫我拿俄米[a]了,叫我玛拉[b]吧!因为全能者叫我过得好苦啊! 21 我曾满满地离开这里,现在耶和华却使我空空地回来。既然耶和华叫我受苦,全能者使我遭遇不幸,为何还叫我拿俄米呢?”

22 拿俄米带着她的儿媳妇——摩押女子路得从摩押回到了伯利恒,那时正是开始收割大麦的季节。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:20 拿俄米”意思是“甜”。
  2. 1:20 玛拉”意思是“苦”。

The Message

Ruth 1

11-2 Once upon a time—it was back in the days when judges led Israel— there was a famine in the land. A man from Bethlehem in Judah left home to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The man’s name was Elimelech; his wife’s name was Naomi; his sons were named Mahlon and Kilion—all Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They all went to the country of Moab and settled there.

3-5 Elimelech died and Naomi was left, she and her two sons. The sons took Moabite wives; the name of the first was Orpah, the second Ruth. They lived there in Moab for the next ten years. But then the two brothers, Mahlon and Kilion, died. Now the woman was left without either her young men or her husband.

6-7 One day she got herself together, she and her two daughters-in-law, to leave the country of Moab and set out for home; she had heard that God had been pleased to visit his people and give them food. And so she started out from the place she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law with her, on the road back to the land of Judah.

8-9 After a short while on the road, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law, “Go back. Go home and live with your mothers. And may God treat you as graciously as you treated your deceased husbands and me. May God give each of you a new home and a new husband!” She kissed them and they cried openly.

10 They said, “No, we’re going on with you to your people.”

11-13 But Naomi was firm: “Go back, my dear daughters. Why would you come with me? Do you suppose I still have sons in my womb who can become your future husbands? Go back, dear daughters—on your way, please! I’m too old to get a husband. Why, even if I said, ‘There’s still hope!’ and this very night got a man and had sons, can you imagine being satisfied to wait until they were grown? Would you wait that long to get married again? No, dear daughters; this is a bitter pill for me to swallow—more bitter for me than for you. God has dealt me a hard blow.”

14 Again they cried openly. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye; but Ruth embraced her and held on.

15 Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law is going back home to live with her own people and gods; go with her.”

16-17 But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!”

18-19 When Naomi saw that Ruth had her heart set on going with her, she gave in. And so the two of them traveled on together to Bethlehem.

When they arrived in Bethlehem the whole town was soon buzzing: “Is this really our Naomi? And after all this time!”

20-21 But she said, “Don’t call me Naomi; call me Bitter. The Strong One has dealt me a bitter blow. I left here full of life, and God has brought me back with nothing but the clothes on my back. Why would you call me Naomi? God certainly doesn’t. The Strong One ruined me.”

22 And so Naomi was back, and Ruth the foreigner with her, back from the country of Moab. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.