Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons
1In the days when the judges ruled,[a] there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem
6 When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. 7 With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.
8 Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. 9 May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”
Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10 and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”
14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”
20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[b]” she told them. “Call me Mara,[c] because the Almighty[d] has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[e] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.
Naomi Na Ruthu
11:1 Amu 2:16-18; Mwa 12:10; 35:19; 36:35; 47:4; 2Fal 6:25; Hag 1:11; Za 105:16; Kum 28:38; 1Fal 18:2; Mik 5:2Wakati Waamuzi walipotawala Israeli, kulikuwa na njaa katika nchi. Mtu mmoja kutoka nchi ya Bethlehemu ya Yuda, pamoja na mke wake na wanawe wawili, akaenda kuishi katika nchi ya Moabu. 21:2 Rut 2:1; 4:3; Amu 3:30; 1Sam 16:18; Mwa 35:16-19Mtu huyu aliitwa Elimeleki, mkewe aliitwa Naomi, na hao wanawe wawili waliitwa Maloni na Kilioni. Walikuwa Waefrathi kutoka Bethlehemu ya Yuda. Wakaenda katika nchi ya Moabu, wakaishi huko.
3Elimeleki mumewe Naomi akafa, hivyo Naomi akabaki na wanawe wawili. 41:4 1Fal 11:1; Mt 1:5; Rut 4:13; Ezr 9:2; Neh 13:23Nao wakaoa wanawake Wamoabu, jina la mmoja aliitwa Orpa, na wa pili aliitwa Ruthu. Baada ya kama miaka kumi, 51:5 Rut 2:11Maloni na Kilioni pia wakafa. Basi Naomi akabaki hana mume wala wanawe wawili.
61:6 Mwa 11:31; 36:35; 38:16; 50:24; Kut 4:31; Yer 29:10; Sef 2:7; Za 80:14; Zek 10:3; Lk 1:68; 7:16; Mwa 28:20; 48:15; Mit 30:8; Isa 55:10; Mt 6:11; Za 132:15Aliposikia akiwa huko Moabu kwamba Bwana amewasaidia watu wake kwa kuwapa chakula, Naomi na wakweze wakajiandaa kurudi nyumbani. 7Yeye na wakweze wawili wakaondoka pale walipokuwa wakiishi na kushika njia kurudi nchi ya Yuda.
81:8 Mwa 38:11; 19:19; Yos 24:25; 2Tim 1:16Ndipo Naomi akawaambia wale wakwe zake wawili, “Rudini, kila mmoja wenu nyumbani kwa mama yake. Bwana na awatendee fadhili kama mlivyowatendea hao waliofariki, na pia mimi. 91:9 Rut 3:1; Mwa 27:27, 38; 29:11; Hes 25:6Bwana na amjalie kila mmoja wenu maisha mema nyumbani kwa mume mwingine.”
Kisha akawabusu, nao wakalia kwa sauti kubwa, 10wakamwambia, “Tutarudi pamoja na wewe nyumbani kwa watu wako.”
111:11 Mwa 38:11; Kum 25:5Lakini Naomi akasema, “Rudini nyumbani, binti zangu. Kwa nini mnifuate? Je, mimi nitaweza tena kuwa na wana wengine ambao wataweza kuwaoa ninyi? 12Rudini nyumbani, binti zangu; mimi ni mzee kiasi kwamba siwezi kumpata mume mwingine. Hata kama ningefikiria kuwa bado kuna tumaini kwangu, hata kama ningekuwa na mume usiku huu na kuwazaa wana, 131:13 Mwa 38:11; Kut 1:14; 15:23; 1Sam 30:6; Ay 19:21; Za 32:4; 38:2; Amu 2:15; 4:5je, mngesubiri mpaka wakue? Mngebakia bila kuolewa mkiwasubiri? La, hasha, binti zangu. Nimepata uchungu kuliko ninyi, kwa sababu mkono wa Bwana umekuwa kinyume nami!”
141:14 Rut 2:11; 3:1; Mik 7:6; Mit 17:17; 18:24; Yn 6:66-69; Ebr 10:39; Mwa 31:28; Kum 10:20Kisha wakalia tena kwa sauti. Orpa akambusu mama mkwe wake, akaenda zake, lakini Ruthu akaambatana naye.
151:15 Kum 25:7; Yos 24:14; Amu 11:24Naomi akamwambia, “Tazama, mwenzako anarejea kwa watu wake na kwa miungu yake. Rudi pamoja naye.”
161:16 2Fal 2:2; Yos 24:15; Mwa 24:58; Za 45:10; Rut 2:11-12Lakini Ruthu akajibu, “Usinisihi nikuache au niache kukufuata. Utakakokwenda nami nitakwenda, na wewe utakapoishi nitaishi. Watu wako watakuwa watu wangu, na Mungu wako atakuwa Mungu wangu. 171:17 1Sam 3:17; 14:44; 20:13; 25:22; 1Fal 2:23; 19:2; 20:10; 2Sam 3:9; 19:13; 2Fal 6:31; 15:21Pale utakapofia nami nitafia hapo, na papo hapo nitazikwa. Bwana na aniadhibu vikali, kama kitu kingine chochote kitanitenga nawe isipokuwa kifo.” 181:18 Mdo 21:14Naomi alipotambua kwamba Ruthu amenuia kufuatana naye, hakuendelea kumsihi tena.
191:19 Amu 17:7; Isa 23:7; Mt 21:10; Mao 2:15Kwa hiyo hao wanawake wawili wakaondoka, wakafika Bethlehemu. Walipofika Bethlehemu, mji mzima ulitaharuki, wanawake wakashangaa, wakasema, “Huyu aweza kuwa ni Naomi?”
201:20 Mwa 15:1; 17:1; Za 91:1; Kut 6:3; Ay 6:4Akawaambia, “Msiniite tena Naomi,1:20 Naomi maana yake Wa Kupendeza, Wa Kufurahisha. niiteni Mara,1:20 Mara maana yake Chungu. kwa sababu Mwenyezi1:20 Mwenyezi hapa ina maana ya Shaddai kwa Kiebrania. amenitendea mambo machungu sana. 211:21 Ay 1:21; 30:11; Za 88:7; Isa 53:4Mimi niliondoka hali nimejaa, lakini Bwana amenirudisha mtupu. Kwa nini kuniita Naomi? Bwana amenitendea mambo machungu; Mwenyezi ameniletea msiba.”
221:22 Rut 2:2-6, 21; 4:5, 10; Kut 9:31; Mwa 11:31; Law 19:9; 2Sam 21:9Kwa hiyo Naomi alirudi pamoja na Ruthu Mmoabu mkwe wake, nao wakafika Bethlehemu mwanzoni mwa kuvuna shayiri.