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Ruth 1:19-21 International Standard Version (ISV)

19 So they continued on until they reached Bethlehem.

Naomi and Ruth Arrive in Bethlehem

Now when the two of them arrived in Bethlehem, the entire town got excited at the news of their arrival[a] and they asked one another, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 But Naomi replied, “Don’t call me ‘Naomi’![b] Call me ‘Mara’![c] That’s because the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me. 21 I left here full, but the Lord brought me back empty. So why call me ‘Naomi’? After all, the Lord is against me, and the Almighty has broken[d] me.”


  1. Ruth 1:19 Lit. at them
  2. Ruth 1:20 I.e. pleasant
  3. Ruth 1:20 I.e. bitter
  4. Ruth 1:21 Or has done evil toward
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