Ruth1:6-18, adapted by Rev. Steitz.

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and Elimelech went to live in the country of Moab with his wife, Naomi and two sons  Unfortunately, Elimelech, died, and Naomi was left with her two sons.4 These took Moabite wives; Orpah and Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years,  both of Naomi’s sons died, so that she was left without her sons and her husband.  Then she started to return to Judah with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard that the Lord had considered his people and given them food.So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law.  But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.  The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you    or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go;    where you lodge, I will lodge;your people shall be my people,  and your God my God. Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me,  and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.   So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.




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