Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a
certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two
 And 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 Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab,
and continued there.
 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
And 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.
 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of
them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
 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.
 Wherefore 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
 And 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.
 The 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.
 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
And 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?
 Turn 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;
 Would 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.
 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother
in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people,
and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
 And 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:
 Where 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.
 When she saw
that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
 So they two went
until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city
was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi,
call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
 I 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?
 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in
law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of
 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and
his name was Boaz.
 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean
ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of
the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
 And behold, Boaz came from
Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD
 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came
back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after
the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now,
that she tarried a little in the house.
 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go
not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
 Let thine
eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that
they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the
young men have drawn.
 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto