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Rut 1

Noemí y Rut

1En el tiempo en que los caudillos[a] gobernaban el país, hubo allí una época de hambre. Entonces un hombre de Belén de Judá emigró a la tierra de Moab, junto con su esposa y sus dos hijos. El hombre se llamaba Elimélec, su esposa se llamaba Noemí y sus dos hijos, Majlón y Quilión, todos ellos efrateos, de Belén de Judá. Cuando llegaron a la tierra de Moab, se quedaron a vivir allí.

Pero murió Elimélec, esposo de Noemí, y ella se quedó sola con sus dos hijos. Estos se casaron con mujeres moabitas, la una llamada Orfa y la otra Rut. Después de haber vivido allí unos diez años, murieron también Majlón y Quilión, y Noemí se quedó viuda y sin hijos.

Noemí decidió regresar de la tierra de Moab con sus dos nueras, porque allí se enteró de que el Señor había acudido en ayuda de su pueblo al proveerle de alimento. Salió, pues, con sus dos nueras del lugar donde había vivido, y juntas emprendieron el camino que las llevaría hasta la tierra de Judá.

Entonces Noemí les dijo a sus dos nueras:

—¡Miren, vuelva cada una a la casa de su madre! Que el Señor las trate a ustedes con el mismo amor y lealtad que ustedes han mostrado con los que murieron y conmigo. Que el Señor les conceda hallar seguridad en un nuevo hogar, al lado de un nuevo esposo.

Luego las besó. Pero ellas, deshechas en llanto, 10 exclamaron:

—¡No! Nosotras volveremos contigo a tu pueblo.

11 —¡Vuelvan a su casa, hijas mías! —insistió Noemí—. ¿Para qué se van a ir conmigo? ¿Acaso voy a tener más hijos que pudieran casarse con ustedes? 12 ¡Vuelvan a su casa, hijas mías! ¡Váyanse! Yo soy demasiado vieja para volver a casarme. Aun si abrigara esa esperanza, y esta misma noche me casara y llegara a tener hijos, 13 ¿los esperarían ustedes hasta que crecieran? ¿Y por ellos se quedarían sin casarse? ¡No, hijas mías! Mi amargura es mayor que la de ustedes; ¡la mano del Señor se ha levantado contra mí!

14 Una vez más alzaron la voz, deshechas en llanto. Luego Orfa se despidió de su suegra con un beso, pero Rut se aferró a ella.

15 —Mira —dijo Noemí—, tu cuñada se vuelve a su pueblo y a sus dioses. Vuélvete con ella.

16 Pero Rut respondió:

—¡No insistas en que te abandone o en que me separe de ti!

»Porque iré adonde tú vayas,
    y viviré donde tú vivas.
Tu pueblo será mi pueblo,
    y tu Dios será mi Dios.
17 Moriré donde tú mueras,
    y allí seré sepultada.
¡Que me castigue el Señor con toda severidad
    si me separa de ti algo que no sea la muerte!»

18 Al ver Noemí que Rut estaba tan decidida a acompañarla, no le insistió más.

19 Entonces las dos mujeres siguieron caminando hasta llegar a Belén. Apenas llegaron, hubo gran conmoción en todo el pueblo a causa de ellas.

—¿No es esta Noemí? —se preguntaban las mujeres del pueblo.

20 —Ya no me llamen Noemí[b] —repuso ella—. Llámenme Mara,[c] porque el Todopoderoso ha colmado mi vida de amargura.

21 »Me fui con las manos llenas,
    pero el Señor me ha hecho volver sin nada.
¿Por qué me llaman Noemí
    si me ha afligido el Señor,[d]
    si me ha hecho desdichada el Todopoderoso?»

22 Así fue como Noemí volvió de la tierra de Moab acompañada por su nuera, Rut la moabita. Cuando llegaron a Belén, comenzaba la cosecha de cebada.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 caudillos. Véase Jue 2:16.
  2. 1:20 En hebreo, Noemí significa placentera o dulce.
  3. 1:20 En hebreo, Mara significa amarga.
  4. 1:21 si me ha afligido el Señor. Alt. si el Señor ha testificado contra mí.

New International Reader's Version

Ruth 1

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. The man’s name was Elimelek. His wife’s name was Naomi. The names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were from the tribe of Ephraim. Their home had been in Bethlehem in Judah. They went to Moab and lived there.

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

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

While 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. She 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.

Naomi 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. May 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. 10 They said to her, “We’ll go back to your people with you.”

11 But 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? 12 Go 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. 13 Would 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!”

14 When 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.”

16 But 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. 17 Where 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.” 18 Naomi realized that Ruth had made up her mind to go with her. So she stopped trying to make her go back.

19 The 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. 21 I 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.”

22 So 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.