Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, dieth there.
Ruth 1:1 Nowe it came to passe in the dayes when ye Iudges ruled, that there was a famine in the land: and a certaine man of Bethlehem Iudah, went to soiourne in the countrey of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sonnes. Ruth 1:2 And the name of the man [was] Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi, and the name of his two sonnes, Mahlon, and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem Iudah: and they came into the countrey of Moab, and continued there. Ruth 1:3 And Elimelech Naomies husband died, and shee was left, and her two sonnes;
Mahlon and Chilion, having married wives of Moab, die also.
Ruth 1:4 And they tooke them wiues 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 yeeres. Ruth 1:5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them, and the woman was left of her two sonnes, and her husband.
Naomi returning homeward,
Ruth 1:6 Then shee arose with her daughters in law, that shee might returne from the countrey of Moab: for shee had heard in the countrey of Moab, how that the LORD had visited his people, in giuing them bread. Ruth 1:7 Wherefore she went foorth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her: and they went on the way to returne vnto the land of Iudah.
dissuadeth her two daughters in law from going with her.
Ruth 1:8 Aud Naomi said vnto her two daughters in law, Goe, returne each to her mothers house: the LORD deale kindly with you, as ye haue dealt with the dead, and with me. Ruth 1:9 The LORD graunt you, that you may finde rest each [of you] in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them, and they lift vp their voyce and wept. Ruth 1:10 And they said vnto her, Surely wee will returne with thee, vnto thy people. Ruth 1:11 And Naomi said, Turne againe, my daughters: why will you goe with mee? Are there yet any moe sonnes in my wombe, that they may be your husbands? Ruth 1:12 Turne againe, my daughters, go [your way], for I am too old to haue an husband: if I should say, I haue hope, if I should haue a husband also to night, and should also beare sonnes: Ruth 1:13 Would ye tary for them till they were growen? would ye stay for them from hauing husbands? nay my daughters: for it grieueth me much for your sakes, that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
Orpah leaveth her, but Ruth with great constancy accompanieth her.
Ruth 1:14 And they lift vp their voyce, and wept againe: and Orpah kissed her mother in law, but Ruth claue vnto her. Ruth 1:15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone backe vnto her people, and vnto her gods: returne thou after thy sister in law. Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreate mee not to leaue thee, [or] to returne from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will goe; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Ruth 1:17 Where thou diest, wil I die, and there will I bee buried: the LORD doe so to me, and more also, if [ought] but death part thee and me. Ruth 1:18 When shee sawe that shee was stedfastly minded to goe with her, then shee left speaking vnto her.
They two come to Beth-lehem, where they are gladly received.
Ruth 1:19 So they two went vntill they came to Bethlehem: And it came to passe when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the citie was mooued about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? Ruth 1:20 And she said vnto them, Call me not Naomi; call mee Mara: for the Almightie hath dealt very bitterly with me. Ruth 1:21 I went out full, and the LORD hath bought me home againe emptie: Why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? Ruth 1:22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitesse her daughter in law with her, which returned out of the countrey of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem, in the beginning of barley haruest.