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Ruth 1:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, Is this Naomi?”

20 But she said to them, “Do not call me [a]Naomi; call me [b]Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and [c]the Almighty has afflicted me?”


  1. Ruth 1:20 Lit. Pleasant
  2. Ruth 1:20 Lit. Bitter
  3. Ruth 1:21 Heb. Shaddai
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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