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Ruth 1:19-21 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

19 Naomi and Ruth traveled until they came to the town of Bethlehem. When the two women entered Bethlehem, all the people were very excited. They said, “Is this Naomi?”

20 But Naomi told the people, “Don’t call me Naomi[a]; call me Marah.[b] Use this name because God All-Powerful has made my life very sad. 21 I had everything I wanted when I left, but now, the Lord brings me home with nothing. The Lord has made me sad, so why should you call me ‘Happy’[c]? God All-Powerful has given much trouble to me.”

Footnotes:

  1. Ruth 1:20 Naomi This name means “Happy” or “Pleasant.”
  2. Ruth 1:20 Marah This name means “Bitter” or “Sad.”
  3. Ruth 1:21 Happy This is the meaning of the name Naomi.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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