Ruth 1:15

“And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone backe vnto her people, and vnto her gods: returne thou after thy sister in law.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then she said, "Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her god: return thou after thy sister-in-law.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Naomi said, See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods: go back after your sister-in-law.
- Basic English Bible

And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back to her people and to her gods: return after thy sister-in-law.
- Darby Bible

And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law hath gone back to her people, and to her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law.
- Webster's Bible

She said, "Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people, and to her god. Follow your sister-in-law."
- World English Bible

And she saith, `Lo, thy sister-in-law hath turned back unto her people, and unto her god, turn thou back after thy sister-in-law.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And she said: 'Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her god; return thou after thy sister-in-law.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ruth 1:15


1:15 To her gods - Those that forsake the communion of saints, will certainly break off their communion with God. This she saith, to try Ruth's sincerity and constancy, and that she might intimate to her, that if she went with her, she must embrace the true religion.


Discussion for Ruth 1

  • A disciple
    The Story of Ruth is one of the sweetest and most touching stories in the Bible. When we read it, and picture the kind of world that was in their little community; the goodness and wholesome simplicity is like a glimpse into the time to come when Jesus and His Saints are ruling the world. Though it so warms my heart on the one hand it makes me so sad for how it is today among so-called Christians.
  • BSP
    Verse 14: Ruth showed loyalty by sticking with her mother-in-law through good times and bad times. We do well to imitate her loyalty.
  • Victoria Asiedu
    Ruth determination ended her a great family. She believed in God and shown much love for her in-law which later resulted her into that marriage of Boaz; hardworking, obedient, love, knowledgeable led to her great family
  • Anne
    This chapter is about decision. Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and to worship her God.
  • Irene123
    There is another 'back' story to "Ruth'. Had Elimelech stayed for 10 yrs. in Bethlehem, they would have been alright. But, God was moving the 'pieces' of Jesus birth into place. Everything that happens, God is there. God knows what each of us will do in a certain situation - and His will will be done. Nor can we say what God's plan 'b' would have been; with God - there is no 'plan B'. 'A' works!!
  • Barbara Pierce
    Ruth showed the agape love that we should have! Even in sorrow she kept the love and acted upon it. She loved Naomi and was willing to give her life to go with her.

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