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

  • Marlene
    I think Ruth was a loveing kind hearted women who loved her mother in law just like she was her own.Mother
  • Sharon toussaint
    Ruth 1 verse 16 tell u about friendship
  • Joanhairston
    Why Naomi name was change, why the other daughter in law didn't try to stay,what was wrong with husband n two son they had to die.It got me thingen, seem like it should be a chapter before this chapter, I will read the other books.
  • Ruth Oringe
    Ruth was a faithful woman
  • Bethel
    Ruth was a survivor with integrity, and a widow. God was with her.
  • Dewey J
    Salomey, I say amen to your post! Glory be to our God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ forever.

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