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Ruth 1

Naomi Widowed

1In the days when the judges governed [Israel], there was a famine in the land [of Canaan]. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live temporarily in the [a]country of Moab with his wife and his two sons. The man’s name was Elimelech and his wife’s name was Naomi and his two sons were named Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went to the country of Moab and stayed there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left [a widow] with her two sons. They took wives from the Moabite women; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other was Ruth. They lived there about ten years; and then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so the woman [Naomi] was left without her two sons and her husband.

Then she set out with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in Moab how the Lord had taken care of His people [of Judah] in giving them food. So she left the place where she was living, her two daughters-in-law with her, and they started on the way back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you return to your mother’s house. May the Lord show kindness to you as you have shown kindness to the dead and to me. May the Lord grant that you find rest, each one in the home of her husband.” Then she kissed them [goodbye], and they wept aloud. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will go with you to your people [in Judah].” 11 But Naomi said, “Go back, my daughters, why should you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that may become your husbands? 12 Go back, my daughters, go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, and if I actually had a husband tonight and even gave birth to sons, 13 would you wait until they were grown? Would you go without marrying? No, my daughters; for it is much more [b]difficult for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has gone against me.”

Ruth’s Loyalty

14 Then they wept aloud again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law [goodbye], but Ruth clung to her.

15 Then Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; turn back and follow your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. 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 do the same to me [as He has done to you], and more also, if anything but death separates me from you.” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.

19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole city was [c]stirred because of them, and the women asked, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi (sweetness); call me Mara (bitter), for the Almighty has caused me great grief and bitterness. 21 I left full [with a husband and two sons], but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

22 So Naomi returned from the country of Moab, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law. And they arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

Footnotes

  1. Ruth 1:1 Moab was located on a high plateau on the eastern shore of the Salt (Dead) Sea. The Moabites were related to the Israelites through their common ancestor, Terah. Their primary god was Chemosh, but the Moabites also worshiped many other pagan gods and sometimes engaged in human sacrifice.
  2. Ruth 1:13 Lit bitter.
  3. Ruth 1:19 Bethlehem was a small city where everyone probably knew everyone else, and Naomi’s husband may have been a prominent man in the city.

O Livro

Rute 1

Noemi e Rute

11/2 No tempo em que eram ainda os juízes quem dirigia o povo de Israel, houve um homem de Belém em Judá chamado Elimeleque, que deixou a sua terra onde havia muita fome e emigrou para a terra de Moabe. Acompanharam-no a sua mulher, Noemi, e os dois filhos do casal, Malom e Quiliom.

Enquanto lá estavam Elimeleque faleceu e Noemi achou-se sozinha com os seus dois rapazes. 4/5 Mas estes entretanto casaram com duas raparigas de Moabe, Orfa e Rute. Passados tempos, acontece que os dois homens também morreram; e Noemi vê-se de novo desamparada, sem o marido e os filhos.

6/7 Por isso decide regressar a Israel, na companhia das noras, pois tinha ouvido que o Senhor abençoara o seu povo, dando-lhe novamente boas colheitas.

8/9 Mas já de caminho resolveu falar às noras: “Vocês não preferem antes voltar para as vossas famílias em vez de me acompanharem? Se assim fizerem, que o Senhor vos recompense pela vossa fidelidade para com a memória dos vossos maridos e para comigo. Que ele vos abençoe, preparando-vos outro casamento feliz.” E abraçou-as, beijando-as. Todas choravam com emoção.

10 “Não”, diziam as moças. “Nós vamos contigo viver junto do teu povo.”

11/13 Mas Noemi insistiu: “Fariam melhor em voltar para o vosso povo. Bem vêem que já não se põe a hipótese de eu vir a ter filhos que crescessem e casassem convosco! Não, minhas filhas, voltem para as vossas casas, porque eu já não tenho idade para tornar a casar. E mesmo que tal fosse possível, e que esta mesma noite eu concebesse filhos, haviam vocês de esperar tanto tempo até que eles fossem grandes? Não, com certeza que não. Oh, como eu lamento que o Senhor me tenha castigado assim; a minha amargura é maior do que a vossa.”

14 E estiveram a chorar mais um tempo, até que Orfa, abraçando-se à sogra, decidiu dizer-lhes adeus, e regressou à casa paterna. No entanto Rute foi inflexível em querer ficar com Noemi. 15 “Vê”, disse-lhe Noemi, “a tua cunhada já se foi embora para junto dos seus familiares e dos seus deuses. Faz tu também o mesmo.”

16/17 Mas Rute respondeu-lhe: “Não me forces a deixar-te. Porque onde quer que fores irei eu; onde quer que passares a viver, aí viverei eu. O teu povo é o meu também, e o teu Deus é o meu Deus; quero vir a morrer onde tu morreres e ficarei aí sepultada. Que o Senhor me castigue tanto quanto quiser se houver alguma coisa mais do que a morte que nos separe.” 18 Quando Noemi viu que Rute tinha tomado uma decisão firme e que nada a podia demover, não insistiu mais.

19 Então ambas vieram para Belém. A povoação inteira se comoveu à sua chegada. “Mas é esta mesmo Noemi?”, perguntavam as mulheres.

20/21 Ela respondia: “Não me chamem mais Noemi, mas sim Mara, porque o Deus poderoso me tem afligido muito. Parti cheia e regresso vazia. Porque é que haviam de me chamar Noemi quando o Senhor parece ter-se desviado de mim e me trouxe tamanha calamidade?”

22 O regresso delas a Belém, vindas de Moabe, deu-se no princípio da colheita da cevada.