THE BOOK OF RUTH
But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me." -- 1:16-17
She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?" -- 1:20-21
All the people who were in
the court, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the
woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built
the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become
famous in Bethlehem. Moreover, may your house be like the house of
Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the LORD will
give you by this young woman."
Then the women said to Naomi,
"Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a redeemer today, and
may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you a restorer
of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who
loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him."
Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse.
The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi!"
So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of
David. -- 4:14-17