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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

路得記 1

拿俄米和路得

1在士師執政的時代,猶大發生了饑荒。有一個人帶著妻子和兩個兒子從猶大的伯利恆遷到摩押境內寄居。 這個人名叫以利米勒,妻子叫拿俄米,兩個兒子分別叫瑪倫和基連。他們都是猶大 伯利恆的以法他人。他們來到摩押,就在那裡住了下來。 後來,拿俄米的丈夫以利米勒去世了,留下她和兩個兒子。 這兩個兒子都娶了摩押的女子為妻,一個名叫俄珥巴,一個名叫路得。他們在那裡住了大約十年後, 瑪倫和基連二人也相繼去世,只剩下拿俄米,沒有了丈夫,也沒有了兒子。

後來,拿俄米在摩押聽說耶和華眷顧祂的子民,使他們五穀豐登,就帶著兩個兒媳婦準備回故鄉。 她們離開所居住的地方,啟程返回猶大。 拿俄米對兩個兒媳婦說:「你們還是各回娘家去吧!願耶和華恩待你們,就好像你們恩待死去的丈夫和我一樣。 願耶和華使你們都有機會再嫁,找到好歸宿。」拿俄米說完了,就親吻她們。她們都放聲大哭, 10 說:「不!我們要跟你一起回你的家鄉。」 11 拿俄米說:「我的女兒啊,回娘家去吧!為什麼要跟我去呢?難道我還能生兒子做你們的丈夫嗎? 12 回去吧!我的女兒啊,走吧!我已經老了,不可能再嫁人了。就算我還有指望,今晚能再結婚生子, 13 難道你們能一直不嫁,等到他們長大嗎?不要這樣,我的女兒啊!這樣你們會很苦,我就更苦了,因為耶和華伸手懲罰我。」 14 她們又放聲大哭,俄珥巴就親吻婆婆,向她道別。然而,路得卻依依不捨,不肯離去。

15 拿俄米說:「你看,你嫂嫂已經回她家鄉和她拜的神明那裡去了,你也跟著嫂嫂回去吧!」 16 路得說:「不要逼我撇你而去。你往哪裡去,我也要往哪裡去;你住在哪裡,我也要住在哪裡;你的同胞就是我的同胞,你的上帝就是我的上帝; 17 你死在哪裡,我也死在哪裡、葬在哪裡。只有死才能把我們分開。否則,願耶和華重重地懲罰我!」 18 拿俄米見路得堅決要跟她走,就不再勸阻她了。

19 於是,二人便一同回到伯利恆。她們進了伯利恆,全城驚動。婦女們問:「這不是拿俄米嗎?」 20 拿俄米對她們說:「不要再叫我拿俄米[a]了,叫我瑪拉[b]吧!因為全能者叫我過得好苦啊! 21 我曾滿滿地離開這裡,現在耶和華卻使我空空地回來。既然耶和華叫我受苦,全能者使我遭遇不幸,為何還叫我拿俄米呢?」

22 拿俄米帶著她的兒媳婦——摩押女子路得從摩押回到了伯利恆,那時正是開始收割大麥的季節。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·20 拿俄米」意思是「甜」。
  2. 1·20 瑪拉」意思是「苦」。