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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.

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Rute 1:1-22

A Família de Elimeleque em Moabe

1Na época dos juízes houve fome na terra. Um homem de Belém de Judá, com a mulher e os dois filhos, foi viver por algum tempo nas terras de Moabe. 2O homem chamava-se Elimeleque; sua mulher, Noemi; e seus dois filhos, Malom e Quiliom. Eram efrateus de Belém de Judá. Chegaram a Moabe, e lá ficaram.

3Morreu Elimeleque, marido de Noemi, e ela ficou sozinha, com seus dois filhos. 4Eles se casaram com mulheres moabitas, uma chamada Orfa e a outra Rute. Depois de terem morado lá por quase dez anos, 5morreram também Malom e Quiliom, e Noemi ficou sozinha, sem os seus dois filhos e sem o seu marido.

Noemi e Rute Voltam para Belém

6Quando Noemi soube em Moabe que o Senhor viera em auxílio do seu povo, dando-lhe alimento, decidiu voltar com suas duas noras para a sua terra. 7Assim, ela, com as duas noras, partiu do lugar onde tinha morado.

Enquanto voltavam para a terra de Judá, 8disse-lhes Noemi: “Vão! Retornem para a casa de suas mães! Que o Senhor seja leal com vocês, como vocês foram leais com os falecidos e comigo. 9O Senhor conceda que cada uma de vocês encontre segurança no lar doutro marido”.

Então deu-lhes beijos de despedida. Mas elas começaram a chorar alto 10e lhe disseram:

“Não! Voltaremos com você para junto de seu povo!”

11Disse, porém, Noemi: “Voltem, minhas filhas! Por que viriam comigo? Poderia eu ainda ter filhos, que viessem a ser seus maridos? 12Voltem, minhas filhas! Vão! Estou velha demais para ter outro marido. E mesmo que eu pensasse que ainda há esperança para mim—ainda que eu me casasse esta noite e depois desse à luz filhos, 13iriam vocês esperar até que eles crescessem? Ficariam sem se casar à espera deles? De jeito nenhum, minhas filhas! Para mim é mais amargo do que para vocês, pois a mão do Senhor voltou-se contra mim!”

14Elas, então, começaram a chorar alto de novo. Depois Orfa deu um beijo de despedida em sua sogra, mas Rute ficou com ela.

15Então Noemi a aconselhou: “Veja, sua concunhada está voltando para o seu povo e para o seu deus. Volte com ela!”

16Rute, porém, respondeu:

“Não insistas comigo que te deixe

e que não mais te acompanhe.

Aonde fores irei,

onde ficares ficarei!

O teu povo será o meu povo

e o teu Deus será o meu Deus!

17Onde morreres morrerei,

e ali serei sepultada.

Que o Senhor me castigue com todo o rigor

se outra coisa que não a morte me separar de ti!”

18Quando Noemi viu que Rute estava de fato decidida a acompanhá-la, não insistiu mais.

19Prosseguiram, pois, as duas até Belém. Ali chegando, todo o povoado ficou alvoroçado por causa delas. “Será que é Noemi?”, perguntavam as mulheres. 20Mas ela respondeu:

“Não me chamem Noemi1.20 Noemi significa agradável; também no versículo 21.,

melhor que me chamem de Mara1.20 Mara significa amarga.,

pois o Todo-poderoso1.20 Hebraico: Shaddai; também no versículo 21.

tornou minha vida muito amarga!

21De mãos cheias eu parti,

mas de mãos vazias o Senhor me trouxe de volta.

Por que me chamam Noemi?

O Senhor colocou-se contra mim!1.21 Ou me trouxe sofrimento!

O Todo-poderoso me trouxe desgraça!”

22Foi assim que Noemi voltou das terras de Moabe, com sua nora Rute, a moabita. Elas chegaram a Belém no início da colheita da cevada.