1Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth-lehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.1.1 ruled: Heb. judged 2And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.1.2 continued: Heb. were 3And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. 5And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
6¶ Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread. 7Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. 8And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. 9The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept. 10And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people. 11And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;1.12 should have…: or were with an husband 13Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.1.13 tarry: Heb. hope1.13 it grieveth…: Heb. I have much bitterness 14And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. 15And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. 16And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:1.16 Intreat…: or, Be not against me 17Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.1.18 was…: Heb. strengthened herself
19¶ So they two went until they came to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Beth-lehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? 20And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.1.20 Naomi: that is, Pleasant1.20 Mara: that is, Bitter 21I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? 22So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Beth-lehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
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.