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Naomi Widowed 1:1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there.
3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.
4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years,
5 and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.
Ruth’s Loyalty to Naomi6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food.
7 So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands?
12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons,
13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.”
14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”
16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return 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.
17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
Naomi and Ruth Return19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?”
20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
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Ruth Meets Boaz 2:1 Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
3 So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.
4 And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.”
5 Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”
6 And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.
7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women.
9 Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.”
10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”
11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before.
12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”
13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”
14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.
15 When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.
16 And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied.
19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.”
21 And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’”
22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.”
23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
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More Proverbs of Solomon 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out.
3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver,and the smith has material for a vessel;
5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king,and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presenceor stand in the place of the great,
7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen
8 do not hastily bring into court,for what will you do in the end,when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself,and do not reveal another’s secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,and your ill repute have no end.
11 A word fitly spokenis like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of goldis a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvestis a faithful messenger to those who send him;he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rainis a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighboris like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of troubleis like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heartis like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,and like vinegar on soda.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap burning coals on his head,and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetopthan in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountainis a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
28 A man without self-controlis like a city broken into and left without walls.
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Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.49:1 Hear this, all peoples!Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2 both low and high,rich and poor together!
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom;the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
5 Why should I fear in times of trouble,when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6 those who trust in their wealthand boast of the abundance of their riches?
7 Truly no man can ransom another,or give to God the price of his life,
8 for the ransom of their life is costlyand can never suffice,
9 that he should live on foreverand never see the pit.
10 For he sees that even the wise die;the fool and the stupid alike must perishand leave their wealth to others.
11 Their graves are their homes forever,their dwelling places to all generations,though they called lands by their own names.
12 Man in his pomp will not remain;he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;death shall be their shepherd,and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,for he will receive me. Selah
16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,when the glory of his house increases.
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;his glory will not go down after him.
18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,who will never again see light.
20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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