King James Version

Ruth 1

1Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

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 Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or 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:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

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Rut 1

Ruths troskab imod Noʼomi

11-2 Engang under dommertiden i Israel blev landet ramt af en voldsom hungersnød. En mand ved navn Elimelek af Efrat-slægten flyttede derfor fra Betlehem i Juda til Moabs land for at bo der som fremmed sammen med sin kone, Noʼomi, og deres to sønner, Malon og Kiljon. Mens de boede i Moab, døde Elimelek, så Noʼomi sad alene tilbage med sine to sønner. 4-5 De to unge mænd fandt sig hver en kone blandt moabitterne. Malon giftede sig med en pige, der hed Ruth, og Kiljon giftede sig med Orpa. Da de havde boet i Moab i hen ved ti år, døde både Malon og Kiljon, og Noʼomi var nu helt alene—uden mand og børn.

6-7 På den tid fik hun at vide, at Herren havde forbarmet sig over sit folk, så der igen var mad at få i Juda. Derfor besluttede hun at forlade Moab og vende tilbage til sit hjem i Betlehem. Sammen med sine to svigerdøtre begav hun sig af sted ad vejen til Juda.

Da de havde gået et stykke tid, sagde Noʼomi til sine svigerdøtre: „Det er bedst, I går hjem til jeres forældre. Må Herren vise jer sin godhed på grund af den godhed, I har vist mod mine to sønner og mig, og må han hjælpe jer begge til at blive gift igen og få et godt og trygt hjem.” Så kyssede hun dem farvel, og de brast i højlydt gråd.

10 „Men vi vil gerne følge med dig hjem til dit folk!” sagde de to unge kvinder.

11 „Nej, I må hellere vende tilbage til jeres eget folk,” svarede Noʼomi. „Jeg har jo ikke andre sønner, I kan blive gift med. 12 Derfor er det bedst, at I vender tilbage til jeres familier. Jeg er for gammel til at gifte mig igen—og selv om jeg gjorde, og jeg blev gravid og fødte sønner med det samme, 13 ville I så vente til de blev voksne? Nej, mine piger! For mig er det mere bittert end for jer, for det er Herrens hånd, som har ramt mig med denne tragedie!”

14 Så græd de igen. Orpa kyssede nu sin svigermor farvel og vendte om for at gå tilbage til sit barndomshjem, men Ruth ville ikke forlade Noʼomi.

15 „Se, din svigerinde er allerede på vej tilbage til sit folk og sin gud,” sagde Noʼomi. „Du må hellere følge med.”

16 Men Ruth svarede: „Tving mig ikke til at forlade dig! Hvor du går hen, vil jeg gå med. Dit hjem skal være mit hjem, dit folk skal være mit folk, og din Gud skal være min Gud. 17 Og når jeg engang dør, vil jeg begraves ved din side. Må Herren straffe mig, hvis jeg tillader noget andet end døden at skille os!”

18 Da Noʼomi så, at Ruth var fast besluttet på at gå med, holdt hun op med at forsøge at overtale hende. 19 De to fortsatte så rejsen og ankom til Betlehem.

Der blev røre i hele byen ved deres ankomst.

„Jamen, er det ikke Noʼomi?” udbrød byens kvinder.

20 Men Noʼomi sagde: „Kald mig ikke længere Noʼomi[a]—kald mig hellere Mara![b] Den almægtige Gud har gjort mit liv bittert. 21 Da jeg rejste herfra, havde jeg hele min familie, men nu vender jeg alene tilbage. Kald mig ikke Noʼomi, for Herren har dømt mig og ladet denne tragedie ramme mig!”

22 Således vendte Noʼomi tilbage til Betlehem, og hun havde sin svigerdatter med fra Moabs land. Byghøsten var netop begyndt, da de ankom.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,20 „Noʼomi” betyder „dejlig, elskelig, sød”.
  2. 1,20 „Mara” betyder „bitter”.