Naomi ndi Rute
1Mu nthawi imene oweruza ankalamulira Israeli, munali njala mʼdziko, ndipo munthu wina wa ku Betelehemu mʼdziko la Yuda anapita pamodzi ndi mkazi wake ndi ana ake aamuna awiri, kukakhala ku Mowabu kwa nthawi yochepa. 2 Dzina la munthuyo linali Elimeleki, dzina la mkazi wake linali Naomi, ndipo mayina a ana awo aamuna anali Maaloni ndi Kiliyoni. Iwo anali Aefurati ochokera ku Betelehemu ku Yuda. Ndipo anapita kukakhala ku Mowabu.
3 Kenaka Elimeleki, mwamuna wake wa Naomi anamwalira ndipo Naomiyo anatsala ndi ana ake aamuna awiri aja.
4 Iwo anakwatira akazi a Chimowabu; wina dzina lake Oripa ndi wina Rute. Atakhala kumeneko pafupifupi zaka khumi, 5 Maloni ndi Kiliyoni anamwaliranso kotero kuti Naomi anatsala yekha wopanda ana ake awiri aja ndi mwamuna wake.
6 Naomi ndi apongozi ake awiri aja ananyamuka kubwerera kwawo kuchokera ku Mowabu popeza anali atamva ali ku Mowabuko kuti Yehova anakomera mtima anthu ake ndi kuwapatsa chakudya.
7 Naomi pamodzi ndi apongozi ake awiri aja anachoka kumene ankakhala ndi kuyamba ulendo obwerera kwawo ku Yuda.
8 Kenaka Naomi anati kwa apongozi ake awiri aja, “Bwererani, aliyense kwa amayi ake. Yehova akukomereni mtima, monga munachita ndi malemu aja ndi ine ndemwe.
9 “Yehova akuthandizeni kuti aliyense wa inu apeze pokhala pabwino komanso mwamuna.” Kenaka anawapsompsona koma awiriwo analira mokweza.
10 Ndipo anati kwa Naomi, “Ife tipita nawo kwa anthu akwanu.”
11 Koma Naomi anati, “Bwererani kwanu ana anga. Chifukwa chiyani mukufuna kupita ndi ine? Kodi ine ndingaberekenso ana ena kuti akhale amuna anu? 12 Bwererani kwanu ana anga muzipita kwanu. Ine ndakalamba kwambiri kotero kuti sindingakwatiwenso. Ngakhale ndikananena kuti ndili nacho chikhulupiriro, ngakhale ndikanakhala ndi mwamuna usiku uno, ndipo nʼkubala ana aamuna, 13 kodi inu mukanadikira kuti akule? Kodi mukanakhalabe osakwatiwa kudikira iwowo? Ayi ana anga. Zimenezi zikundiwawa kwambiri kuposa inu, chifukwa ndi ineyo amene Yehova wafuna kuti ndizunzike.”
14 Atamva zimenezi analiranso kwambiri, ndipo Oripa anapsompsona apongozi ake nawatsanzika, koma Rute anakakamirabe.
15 Naomi anati “Taona, mʼbale wako wabwerera kwawo kwa anthu ake ndi kwa milungu yake. Bwerera nawenso umulondole mʼbale wako.”
16 Koma Rute anayankha kuti, “Musandikakamize kuti ndikusiyeni kapena kuti ndibwerere osakutsatani. Kumene inu mupite ine ndipita komweko, ndipo kumene mukakhale inenso ndikakhala komweko. Abale anu adzakhala abale anga ndipo Mulungu wanu adzakhala Mulungu wanga. 17 Kumene mukafere inenso ndidzafera komweko ndipo komweko ndikayikidwa mʼmanda. Yehova andichite choyipa chingakule motani, ngati china chingatirekanitse ife kupatula imfa.”
18 Naomi atazindikira kuti Rute watsimikiza kupita naye, analeka kumukakamiza.
19 Choncho amayi awiriwo anapitiriza ulendo wawo mpaka anakafika ku Betelehemu. Pamene ankafika mu Betelehemu, anthu onse a mʼmudzimo anatekeseka chifukwa cha iwowo ndipo amayi ambiri ankanena kuti, “Kodi uyu nʼkukhala Naomi?”
20 Iye anawawuza kuti, “Musanditchenso Naomi. Muzinditchula ine kuti Mara, chifukwa Wamphamvuzonse wandizunza kwambiri. 21 Ine ndinapita wolemera, koma Yehova wabwera nane wopanda kanthu. Nanga munditchulirenji Naomi pamene Yehova wandisautsa. Wamphamvuzonse uja wandigwetsera mavuto owawa.”
22 Naomi anabwerera kuchoka ku dziko la Mowabu pamodzi ndi Rute mpongozi wake. Ndipo anafika ku Betelehemu nthawi yoyamba kukolola barele.
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. 2 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. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left [a widow] with her two sons. 4 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; 5 and then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so the woman [Naomi] was left without her two sons and her husband.
6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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.”
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
- 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.
- Ruth 1:13 Lit bitter.
- 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.