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.
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. 2Dzina 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.
3Kenaka Elimeleki, mwamuna wake wa Naomi anamwalira ndipo Naomiyo anatsala ndi ana ake aamuna awiri aja.
4Iwo anakwatira akazi a Chimowabu; wina dzina lake Oripa ndi wina Rute. Atakhala kumeneko pafupifupi zaka khumi, 5Maloni ndi Kiliyoni anamwaliranso kotero kuti Naomi anatsala yekha wopanda ana ake awiri aja ndi mwamuna wake.
6Naomi 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.
7Naomi pamodzi ndi apongozi ake awiri aja anachoka kumene ankakhala ndi kuyamba ulendo obwerera kwawo ku Yuda.
8Kenaka 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.
10Ndipo anati kwa Naomi, “Ife tipita nawo kwa anthu akwanu.”
11Koma Naomi anati, “Bwererani kwanu ana anga. Chifukwa chiyani mukufuna kupita ndi ine? Kodi ine ndingaberekenso ana ena kuti akhale amuna anu? 12Bwererani 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, 13kodi 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.”
14Atamva zimenezi analiranso kwambiri, ndipo Oripa anapsompsona apongozi ake nawatsanzika, koma Rute anakakamirabe.
15Naomi anati “Taona, mʼbale wako wabwerera kwawo kwa anthu ake ndi kwa milungu yake. Bwerera nawenso umulondole mʼbale wako.”
16Koma 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. 17Kumene mukafere inenso ndidzafera komweko ndipo komweko ndikayikidwa mʼmanda. Yehova andichite choyipa chingakule motani, ngati china chingatirekanitse ife kupatula imfa.”
18Naomi atazindikira kuti Rute watsimikiza kupita naye, analeka kumukakamiza.
19Choncho 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?”
20Iye anawawuza kuti, “Musanditchenso Naomi. Muzinditchula ine kuti Mara, chifukwa Wamphamvuzonse wandizunza kwambiri. 21Ine ndinapita wolemera, koma Yehova wabwera nane wopanda kanthu. Nanga munditchulirenji Naomi pamene Yehova wandisautsa. Wamphamvuzonse uja wandigwetsera mavuto owawa.”
22Naomi anabwerera kuchoka ku dziko la Mowabu pamodzi ndi Rute mpongozi wake. Ndipo anafika ku Betelehemu nthawi yoyamba kukolola barele.