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 of Judah.
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 this 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? Turn again, my daughters, go your way.”
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 aught but death part thee and me.”
When Naomi saw that Ruth was steadfastly 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 [pleasant], call me Mara [bitter]; 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 that 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 barley-harvest.
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 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 Naomi said unto her, “Go, my daughter.”
And 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!”