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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE BOOK OF RUTH
This Book is called RUTH, from the name of the person whose history is
here recorded: who, being a Gentile, became a convert to the true faith,
and marrying Booz, the great-grandfather of David, was one of those from
whom Christ sprung according to the flesh, and an illustrious figure of
the Gentile church. It is thought this book was written by the prophet
Ruth Chapter 1
Elimelech of Bethlehem going with his wife Noemi, and two sons, into the
land of Moab, dieth there. His sons marry wives of that country and die
without issue. Noemi returneth home with her daughter in law Ruth, who
refuseth to part with her.
1:1. In the days of the judges, when the judges ruled, there came a
famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem Juda, went to
sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.
1:2. He was named Elimelech, and his wife Noemi: and his two sons, the
one Mahalon, and the other Chelion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem Juda. And
entering into the country of Moab, they abode there.
1:3. And Elimelech the husband of Noemi died: and she remained with her
1:4. And they took wives of the women of Moab, of which one was called
Orpha, and the other Ruth. And they dwelt their ten years,
1:5. And they both died, to wit, Mahalon and Chelion: and the woman was
left alone, having lost both her sons and her husband.
1:6. And she arose to go from the land of Moab to her own country, with
both her daughters in law: for she had heard that the Lord had looked
upon his people, and had given them food.
1:7. Wherefore she went forth out of the place of her sojournment, with
both her daughters in law: and being now in the way to return into the
land of Juda,
1:8. She said to them: Go ye home to your mothers, the Lord deal
mercifully with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
1:9. May he grant you to find rest in the houses of the husbands whom
you shall take. And she kissed them. And they lifted up their voice, and
began to weep,
1:10. And to say: We will go on with thee to thy people.
1:11. But she answered them: Return, my daughters: why come ye with me?
have I any more sons in my womb, that you may hope for husbands of me?
1:12. Return again, my daughters, and go your ways: for I am now spent
with age, and not fit for wedlock. Although I might conceive this night,
and bear children,
1:13. If you would wait till they were grown up, and come to man's
estate, you would be old women before you marry. Do not so, my
daughters, I beseech you: for I am grieved the more for your distress,
and the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
1:14. And they lifted up their voice, and began to weep again: Orpha
kissed her mother in law, and returned: Ruth stuck close to her mother
1:15. And Noemi said to her: Behold thy kinswoman is returned to her
people, and to her gods, go thou with her.
To her gods, etc... Noemi did not mean to persuade Ruth to return to the
false gods she had formerly worshipped: but by this manner of speech,
insinuated to her, that if she would go with her, she must renounce her
false gods and return to the Lord the God of Israel.
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