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Ruth 1:1-22

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 Beth-lehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.1.1 ruled: Heb. judged 2And 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 Beth-lehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.1.2 continued: Heb. were 3And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4And 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. 5And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

6¶ 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. 7Wherefore 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. 8And 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. 9The 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. 10And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people. 11And 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? 12Turn 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;1.12 should have…: or were with an husband 13Would 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.1.13 tarry: Heb. hope1.13 it grieveth…: Heb. I have much bitterness 14And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. 15And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. 16And 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:1.16 Intreat…: or, Be not against me 17Where 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. 18When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.1.18 was…: Heb. strengthened herself

19¶ So they two went until they came to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Beth-lehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? 20And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.1.20 Naomi: that is, Pleasant1.20 Mara: that is, Bitter 21I 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? 22So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Beth-lehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

O Livro

Rute 1:1-22

Noemi e Rute

1-2No tempo em que os juízes governavam o povo de Israel, houve um homem efrateu de Belém de Judá chamado Elimeleque que deixou a sua terra, pois havia muita fome e emigrou para Moabe. Acompanharam-no a mulher, Noemi, e os dois filhos do casal, Malom e Quiliom.

3Elimeleque faleceu naquela terra e Noemi ficou sozinha com os dois rapazes. 4Entretanto, estes casaram com duas raparigas de Moabe, Orfa e Rute. Depois de ali terem vivido cerca de 10 anos, 5tanto Malom como Quiliom morreram e Noemi viu-se de novo desamparada, sem marido e sem filhos.

Noemi regressa a Belém com Rute

6Por isso, decidiu regressar a Israel na companhia das noras, pois tinha ouvido que o Senhor abençoara o seu povo, dando-lhe novamente boas colheitas. 7Na companhia das duas noras, deixou o lugar onde tinham estado a viver e tomaram o caminho que as conduziria de volta a Judá.

8Já a caminho resolveu dizer às noras: “Não preferem antes voltar para as vossas famílias em vez de me acompanharem? Se o fizerem, que o Senhor vos recompense pela vossa bondade com que trataram os vossos falecidos maridos e a mim mesma. 9Que ele vos abençoe, preparando-vos outro casamento feliz!” E abraçou-as e beijou-as e todas choraram de emoção.

10“Não”, diziam as moças. “Nós vamos viver contigo junto do teu povo.”

11Porém, Noemi insistiu: “Fariam melhor em voltar para o vosso povo. Sabem bem que já não há hipótese de eu vir a ter filhos que crescessem e casassem convosco. 12Não, minhas filhas, voltem para as vossas casas, porque já não tenho idade para tornar a casar. E mesmo que isso acontecesse e que esta mesma noite eu concebesse e viesse a ter filhos, 13iriam esperar tanto tempo até que eles fossem crescidos? Não, com certeza que não. Oh! Como eu lamento que o Senhor me tenha castigado assim! A minha amargura é maior do que a vossa!”

14E estiveram a chorar algum tempo até que Orfa, abraçando-se à sogra, decidiu dizer-lhes adeus e regressar à casa paterna. No entanto, Rute foi inflexível e quis ficar com Noemi. 15“Vê”, disse-lhe Noemi, “a tua cunhada já se foi embora para junto da sua família e dos seus deuses. Faz tu também o mesmo.”

16Mas Rute respondeu-lhe: “Não me forces a deixar-te. Porque eu irei para onde tu fores; onde passares a viver, aí eu também viverei; o teu povo é o meu e o teu Deus é o meu Deus. 17Quero vir a morrer onde tu morreres e ficar aí sepultada. Que o Senhor me castigue e faça aquilo que quiser se houver alguma coisa, a não ser a morte, que nos separe.” 18Quando Noemi viu que Rute tinha tomado uma decisão firme e que nada a podia demover, não insistiu mais.

19Então ambas vieram para Belém. A povoação inteira comoveu-se à sua chegada. “Mas é mesmo Noemi?”, perguntavam as mulheres.

20Ela respondia: “Não me chamem mais Noemi (agradável), mas sim Mara (amargurada), porque o Todo-Poderoso me tem afligido muito. 21Parti cheia e regresso vazia. Porque haveriam de chamar-me Noemi, quando o Senhor parece ter-se desviado de mim e me trouxe tamanha calamidade?”

22O regresso delas a Belém, vindas de Moabe, deu-se no princípio da colheita da cevada.