Ruth 1:20

“And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And she said vnto them, Call me not Naomi; call mee Mara: for the Almightie hath dealt very bitterly with me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara; for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And she said to them, Do not let my name be Naomi, but Mara, for the Ruler of all has given me a bitter fate.
- Basic English Bible

And she said to them, Call me not Naomi -- call me Mara; for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
- Darby Bible

And she said to them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
- Webster's Bible

She said to them, "Don't call me Naomi. Call me Mara; for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
- World English Bible

And she saith unto them, `Call me not Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly to me,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And she said unto them: 'Call me not Naomi, call me Marah; for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ruth 1:20


1:20 Naomi - Which signifies pleasant, and chearful. Mara - Which signifies bitter or sorrowful.


Discussion for Ruth 1

  • Pio Buisena Rova
    I think Ruth was a good and faithful full woman that relied and put her belief and faith in God.
  • Juanita Collins
    I think Ruth.wasa good daughter in law
    She love ,mother in law.she didn't want to leave her alone,she love her like a mother
    In these day ,the daughter in law
    Wouldn't care nothing about their mother in laws they would be looking for to marry someone else
  • Anele
    For me Naomi was representing God and Ruth the church
  • Jay
    Ruth was a woman of dedication, faith, and love. In her action toward Naomi, she is showing Jesus words that he will never leave or forsake us. When it seem to Naomi that there was nothing left, ruth step up by the grace of God showing that her love extends to death.
  • CRYSTAL
    Ruth showed a sence of responseability of having a family . She knew family should bond together in good time s or bad, supporting each other to make it better.
  • Christine Awah
    Ruth could be considered as one with unconditional love. Following a mother in law after the death of your husband is not common. She might have also heard about the greatness of the God of her late husband and would prefer to belong to that God instead of those in Moab.

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