New Amharic Standard Version

ሩት 1:1-22

ኑኃሚንና ሩት

1መሳፍንት1፥1 በትውፊት ፈራጆች ተብሎአል። በሚገዙበት ዘመን፣ በምድሪቱ ላይ ራብ ሆነ፤ አንድ ሰው በይሁዳ ከምትገኘው ከቤተ ልሔም ሚስቱንና ሁለቱን ወንዶች ልጆቹን ይዞ፣ ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ለመኖር ወደ ሞዓብ አገር ሄደ። 2የሰውየው ስም አቤሜሌክ፣ የሚስቱ ኑኃሚን፣ የሁለቱም ወንዶች ልጆቹ ስም መሐሎንና ኬሌዎን ነበሩ። እነርሱም የይሁዳ ቤተ ልሔም ኤፍራታውያን ሲሆኑ፣ ወደ ሞዓብ አገር ሄደው በዚያ ኖሩ።

3የኑኃሚን ባል አቤሜሌክ ሞተ፤ ኑኃሚንም፣ ከሁለት ልጆቿ ጋር ብቻዋን ቀረች። 4ልጆቿም ዖርፋና ሩት የተባሉ የሞዓብ ሴቶችን አገቡ፤ በዚያም ዐሥር ዓመት ያህል ከኖሩ በኋላ፣ 5መሐሎንና ኬሌዎን ሁለቱም ሞቱ፤ ኑኃሚንም ሁለት ልጆቿንና ባሏን አጥታ ብቻዋን ቀረች።

6እርሷም በሞዓብ ሳለች እግዚአብሔር ሕዝቡን እንደ ጐበኘና እህል እንደ ሰጣቸው በሰማች ጊዜ፣ ሁለቱን ምራቶቿን ይዛ ወደ አገሯ ለመመለስ ከዚያ ተነሣች። 7የኖረችበትን ስፍራ ትታ ከሁለቱ ምራቶቿ ጋር ወደ ይሁዳ ምድር የሚመልሳቸውን መንገድ ይዘው ጒዞአቸውን ቀጠሉ።

8ከዚያም ኑኃሚን ሁለቱን ምራቶቿን እንዲህ አለቻቸው፤ “እያንዳንዳችሁ ወደ እናቶቻችሁ ቤት ተመለሱ፤ ለሞቱ ባሎቻችሁና ለእኔ በጎ ነገር እንዳደረጋችሁ፣ ለእናንተም እግዚአብሔር እንደዚሁ ያድርግላችሁ፤ 9እያንዳንዳችሁ በምታገቡት ባል ቤት፣ እግዚአብሔር ያሳርፋችሁ።” ከዚያም ሳመቻቸው፤ እነርሱም ድምፃቸውን ከፍ አድርገው አለቀሱ፤ 10ቀጥለውም፣ “አይሆንም! ከአንቺ ጋር ተመልሰን ወደ ወገኖችሽ እንሄዳለን” አሏት።

11ኑኃሚን ግን እንዲህ አለቻቸው፤ “ልጆቼ ሆይ፤ ወደየቤታችሁ ተመለሱ፤ ከእኔ ጋር ለምን ትሄዳላችሁ? ባል የሚሆኗችሁ ሌሎች ልጆች ከእንግዲህ የምወልድ ይመስላችኋልን? 12ወደየቤታችሁ ተመለሱ ልጆቼ፤ ሌላ ባል እንዳላገባ እጅግ አርጅቻለሁ፤ አሁንም ተስፋ አለኝ ብል፣ ዛሬ ማታ አግብቼ ከዚያም ልጆች ብወልድ፣ 13እስኪያድጉ ድረስ ትጠብቃላችሁን? እነርሱን በመጠበቅ እስከዚያ ሳታገቡ ትቈያላችሁን? ልጆቼ ሆይ፤ እንዲህ አይሆንም፤ ሁኔታው ከእናንተ ይልቅ ለእኔ እጅግ መራራ ነው፤ የእግዚአብሔር እጅ በእኔ ላይ ተነሥቶአልና።”

14እነርሱም ድምፃቸውን ከፍ አድርገው እንደ ገና አለቀሱ፤ ከዚያም ዖርፋ አማቷን ስማ ተሰናበተቻት፤ ሩት ግን ልትለያት ስላልፈለገች ተጠመጠመችባት።

15ኑኃሚን መልሳ፣ “እነሆ የባልሽ ወንድም ሚስት ወደ ወገኖቿና ወደ አማልክቷ ተመልሳለች፤ አብረሻት ተመለሽ” አለቻት።

16ሩት ግን እንዲህ አለች፤ “ተለይቼሽ እንድቀር ወይም እንድመለስ አትለማመጭኝ፤ ወደምትሄጂበት እሄዳለሁ፤ በምትኖሪበትም እኖራለሁ፤ ሕዝብሽ ሕዝቤ፤ አምላክሽ አምላኬ ይሆናል። 17በምትሞቺበት እሞታለሁ፤ እዚያው እቀበራለሁ። ከእንግዲህ ሞት ከሚለየን በቀር ብለይሽ እግዚአብሔር ይፍረድብኝ፤ ከዚህም የከፋ ያድርግብኝ።” 18ሩት አብራት ለመሄድ መቊረጧን በተረዳች ጊዜ፣ ኑኃሚን መጐትጐቷን ተወች።

19ከዚያም ሁለቱ ሴቶች እስከ ቤተ ልሔም ድረስ ተጓዙ፤ ቤተ ልሔም እንደ ደረሱም፣ በእነርሱ ምክንያት ከተማው በሙሉ ተተረማመሰ፤ ሴቶቹም፣ “ይህች ኑኃሚን ናትን?” በማለት ተገረሙ።

20እርሷም እንዲህ አለች፤ “ሁሉን የሚችል አምላክ1፥20 በዚህና በቍጥር 21 ላይ ዕብራይስጡ፣ ሻዳይ ይላል። ሕይወቴን እጅግ መራራ አድርጎታልና ማራ1፥20 ማራ ማለት መራራ ማለት ነው። በሉኝ እንጂ፣ ኑኃሚን1፥20 በዚህና በቍጥር 21 ላይ፣ ኑኃሚን ማለት ደስተኛ ማለት ነው። ብላችሁ አትጥሩኝ። 21በሙላት ወጣሁ፤ ነገር ግን እግዚአብሔር ባዶዬን መለሰኝ፤ እግዚአብሔር አስጨንቆኝ1፥21 ወይም እግዚአብሔር ፈትኖኝ፣ ሁሉን የሚችል አምላክ መከራ አምጥቶብኝ ሳለ እንዴት ኑኃሚን ብላችሁ ትጠሩኛላችሁ?” አለቻቸው።

22ስለዚህ ኑኃሚን ከምራቷ ከሞዓባዊቷ ሩት ጋር በመሆን ከሞዓብ ተመለሰች፤ ቤተ ልሔም የደረሱትም የገብስ አዝመራ በሚሰበሰብበት ወቅት መጀመሪያ ላይ ነበር።

New International Reader's Version

Ruth 1:1-22

Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

1There was a time when Israel didn’t have kings to rule over them. But they had leaders to help them. This is a story about some things that happened during that time. There wasn’t enough food in the land of Judah. So a man went to live for a while in the country of Moab. He was from Bethlehem in Judah. His wife and two sons went with him. 2The man’s name was Elimelek. His wife’s name was Naomi. The names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites whose home had been in Bethlehem in Judah. They went to Moab and lived there.

3Naomi’s husband Elimelek died. So she was left with her two sons. 4They married women from Moab. One was named Orpah. The other was named Ruth. Naomi’s family lived in Moab for about ten years. 5Then Mahlon and Kilion also died. So Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

6While Naomi was in Moab, she heard that the Lord had helped his people. He had begun to provide food for them again. So Naomi and her two daughters-in-law prepared to go from Moab back to her home. 7She left the place where she had been living. Her daughters-in-law went with her. They started out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.

8Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Both of you go back. Each of you go to your own mother’s home. You were kind to your husbands, who have died. You have also been kind to me. So may the Lord be just as kind to you. 9May the Lord help each of you find rest in the home of another husband.”

Then she kissed them goodbye. They broke down and wept loudly. 10They said to her, “We’ll go back to your people with you.”

11But Naomi said, “Go home, my daughters. Why would you want to come with me? Am I going to have any more sons who could become your husbands? 12Go home, my daughters. I’m too old to have another husband. Suppose I thought there was still some hope for me. Suppose I married a man tonight. And later I had sons by him. 13Would you wait until they grew up? Would you stay single until you could marry them? No, my daughters. My life is more bitter than yours. The Lord’s power has turned against me!”

14When they heard that, they broke down and wept again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye. But Ruth held on to her.

15“Look,” said Naomi. “Your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16But Ruth replied, “Don’t try to make me leave you and go back. Where you go I’ll go. Where you stay I’ll stay. Your people will be my people. Your God will be my God. 17Where you die I’ll die. And there my body will be buried. I won’t let even death separate you from me. If I do, may the Lord punish me greatly.” 18Naomi realized that Ruth had made up her mind to go with her. So she stopped trying to make her go back.

19The two women continued on their way. At last they arrived in Bethlehem. The whole town was stirred up because of them. The women in the town asked, “Can this possibly be Naomi?”

20“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara. The Mighty One has made my life very bitter. 21I was full when I went away. But the Lord has brought me back empty. So why are you calling me Naomi? The Lord has made me suffer. The Mighty One has brought trouble on me.”

22So Naomi returned from Moab. Ruth, her daughter-in-law from Moab, came with her. They arrived in Bethlehem just when people were beginning to harvest the barley.