حَدَثَ فِي أَيَّامِ حُكْمِ ٱلْقُضَاةِ أَنَّهُ صَارَ جُوعٌ فِي ٱلْأَرْضِ، فَذَهَبَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ بَيْتِ لَحْمِ يَهُوذَا لِيَتَغَرَّبَ فِي بِلَادِ مُوآبَ هُوَ وَٱمْرَأَتُهُ وَٱبْنَاهُ.١1
In the time when the judges ruled, there was once a famine in the land. A man from Bethlehem in Judah took his wife and two sons to live in the territory of Moab.
وَٱسْمُ ٱلرَّجُلِ أَلِيمَالِكُ، وَٱسْمُ ٱمْرَأَتِهِ نُعْمِي، وَٱسْمَا ٱبْنَيْهِ مَحْلُونُ وَكِلْيُونُ، أَفْرَاتِيُّونَ مِنْ بَيْتِ لَحْمِ يَهُوذَا. فَأَتَوْا إِلَى بِلَادِ مُوآبَ وَكَانُوا هُنَاكَ.٢2
His name was Elimelech and his wife's was Naomi, and his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. After they had been living in Moab for some time,
وَمَاتَ أَلِيمَالِكُ رَجُلُ نُعْمِي، وَبَقِيَتْ هِيَ وَٱبْنَاهَا.٣3
Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons,
فَأَخَذَا لَهُمَا ٱمْرَأَتَيْنِ مُوآبِيَّتَيْنِ، ٱسْمُ إِحْدَاهُمَا عُرْفَةُ وَٱسْمُ ٱلْأُخْرَى رَاعُوثُ. وَأَقَامَا هُنَاكَ نَحْوَ عَشَرِ سِنِينٍ.٤4
who married Moabite women named Orpah and Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,
ثُمَّ مَاتَا كِلَاهُمَا مَحْلُونُ وَكِلْيُونُ، فَتُرِكَتِ ٱلْمَرْأَةُ مِنِ ٱبْنَيْهَا وَمِنْ رَجُلِهَا.٥5
Mahlon and Chilion both died, and Naomi was left alone, without husband or sons.
فَقَامَتْ هِيَ وَكَنَّتَاهَا وَرَجَعَتْ مِنْ بِلَادِ مُوآبَ، لِأَنَّهَا سَمِعَتْ فِي بِلَادِ مُوآبَ أَنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ قَدِ ٱفْتَقَدَ شَعْبَهُ لِيُعْطِيَهُمْ خُبْزًا.٦6
So she set out with her daughters-in-law to return from the land of Moab, for she had heard that the Lord had remembered his people and given them food.
وَخَرَجَتْ مِنَ ٱلْمَكَانِ ٱلَّذِي كَانَتْ فِيهِ وَكَنَّتَاهَا مَعَهَا، وَسِرْنَ فِي ٱلطَّرِيقِ لِلرُّجُوعِ إِلَى أَرْضِ يَهُوذَا.٧7
As they were setting out together on the journey to Judah,
فَقَالَتْ نُعْمِي لِكَنَّتَيْهَا: «ٱذْهَبَا ٱرْجِعَا كُلُّ وَاحِدَةٍ إِلَى بَيْتِ أُمِّهَا. وَلْيَصْنَعِ ٱلرَّبُّ مَعَكُمَا إِحْسَانًا كَمَا صَنَعْتُمَا بِٱلْمَوْتَى وَبِي.٨8
Naomi said to her daughters-in-law, “Go, return both of you to the home of your mother. May the Lord be kind to you as you have been kind to the dead and to me.
وَلْيُعْطِكُمَا ٱلرَّبُّ أَنْ تَجِدَا رَاحَةً كُلُّ وَاحِدَةٍ فِي بَيْتِ رَجُلِهَا». فَقَبَّلَتْهُمَا، وَرَفَعْنَ أَصْوَاتَهُنَّ وَبَكَيْنَ.٩9
The Lord grant that each of you may find peace and happiness in the house of a new husband.” Then she kissed them; but they began to weep aloud
فَقَالَتَا لَهَا: «إِنَّنَا نَرْجِعُ مَعَكِ إِلَى شَعْبِكِ».١٠10
and said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”
فَقَالَتْ نُعْمِي: «ٱرْجِعَا يَا بِنْتَيَّ. لِمَاذَا تَذْهَبَانِ مَعِي؟ هَلْ فِي أَحْشَائِي بَنُونَ بَعْدُ حَتَّى يَكُونُوا لَكُمَا رِجَالًا؟١١11
But Naomi said, “Go back, my daughters; why should you go with me? Can I still bear sons who might become your husbands?
اِرْجِعَا يَا بِنْتَيَّ وَٱذْهَبَا لِأَنِّي قَدْ شِخْتُ عَنْ أَنْ أَكُونَ لِرَجُلٍ. وَإِنْ قُلْتُ لِي رَجَاءٌ أَيْضًا بِأَنِّي أَصِيرُ هَذِهِ ٱللَّيْلَةَ لِرَجُلٍ وَأَلِدُ بَنِينَ أَيْضًا،١٢12
Go back, my daughters, go your own way, because I am too old to have a husband. Even if I should say, ‘I have hope,’ even if I should have a husband tonight and should bear sons,
هَلْ تَصْبِرَانِ لَهُمْ حَتَّى يَكْبُرُوا؟ هَلْ تَنْحَجِزَانِ مِنْ أَجْلِهِمْ عَنْ أَنْ تَكُونَا لِرَجُلٍ؟ لَا يَا بِنْتَيَّ. فَإِنِّي مَغْمُومَةٌ جِدًّا مِنْ أَجْلِكُمَا لِأَنَّ يَدَ ٱلرَّبِّ قَدْ خَرَجَتْ عَلَيَّ».١٣13
would you wait for them until they were grown up? Would you remain single for them? No, my daughters! My heart grieves for you, for the Lord has sent me adversity.”
ثُمَّ رَفَعْنَ أَصْوَاتَهُنَّ وَبَكَيْنَ أَيْضًا. فَقَبَّلَتْ عُرْفَةُ حَمَاتَهَا، وَأَمَّا رَاعُوثُ فَلَصِقَتْ بِهَا.١٤14
Then they again wept aloud, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth stayed with her.
فَقَالَتْ: «هُوَذَا قَدْ رَجَعَتْ سِلْفَتُكِ إِلَى شَعْبِهَا وَآلِهَتِهَا. اِرْجِعِي أَنْتِ وَرَاءَ سِلْفَتِكِ».١٥15
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her own people and to her own gods; go along with her!”
فَقَالَتْ رَاعُوثُ: «لَا تُلِحِّي عَلَيَّ أَنْ أَتْرُكَكِ وَأَرْجِعَ عَنْكِ، لِأَنَّهُ حَيْثُمَا ذَهَبْتِ أَذْهَبُ وَحَيْثُمَا بِتِّ أَبِيتُ. شَعْبُكِ شَعْبِي وَإِلَهُكِ إِلَهِي.١٦16
But Ruth answered, “Do not urge me to leave you or to go back. I will go where you go, and I will stay wherever you stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God;
حَيْثُمَا مُتِّ أَمُوتُ وَهُنَاكَ أَنْدَفِنُ. هَكَذَا يَفْعَلُ ٱلرَّبُّ بِي وَهَكَذَا يَزِيدُ. إِنَّمَا ٱلْمَوْتُ يَفْصِلُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَكِ».١٧17
I will die where you die, and be buried there. May the Lord bring a curse upon me, if anything but death separate you and me.”
فَلَمَّا رَأَتْ أَنَّهَا مُشَدِّدَةٌ عَلَى ٱلذَّهَابِ مَعَهَا، كَفَّتْ عَنِ ٱلْكَلَامِ إِلَيْهَا.١٨18
When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she ceased urging her to return.
فَذَهَبَتَا كِلْتَاهُمَا حَتَّى دَخَلَتَا بَيْتَ لَحْمٍ. وَكَانَ عِنْدَ دُخُولِهِمَا بَيْتَ لَحْمٍ أَنَّ ٱلْمَدِينَةَ كُلَّهَا تَحَرَّكَتْ بِسَبَبِهِمَا، وَقَالُوا: «أَهَذِهِ نُعْمِي؟»١٩19
So they journeyed on until they came to Bethlehem. Their arrival stirred the whole town, and the women said, “Can this be Naomi?”
فَقَالَتْ لَهُمْ: «لَا تَدْعُونِي نُعْمِيَ بَلِ ٱدْعُونِي مُرَّةَ، لِأَنَّ ٱلْقَدِيرَ قَدْ أَمَرَّنِي جِدًّا.٢٠20
“Do not call me Naomi,” she said to them, “call me Mara, for the Almighty has given me a bitter lot.
إِنِّي ذَهَبْتُ مُمْتَلِئَةً وَأَرْجَعَنِيَ ٱلرَّبُّ فَارِغَةً. لِمَاذَا تَدْعُونَنِي نُعْمِي، وَٱلرَّبُّ قَدْ أَذَلَّنِي وَٱلْقَدِيرُ قَدْ كَسَّرَنِي؟»٢١21
I had plenty when I left, but the Lord has brought me back empty handed. Why should you call me Naomi, now that the Lord has afflicted me, and the Almighty has brought misfortune on me?”
فَرَجَعَتْ نُعْمِيَ وَرَاعُوثُ ٱلْمُوآبِيَّةُ كَنَّتُهَا مَعَهَا، ٱلَّتِي رَجَعَتْ مِنْ بِلَادِ مُوآبَ، وَدَخَلَتَا بَيْتَ لَحْمٍ فِي ٱبْتِدَاءِ حَصَادِ ٱلشَّعِيرِ.٢٢22
So Naomi and Ruth, her Moabite daughter-in-law, returned from Moab. They reached Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.