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

  • Amanda Jane Via
    Great four chapters! Book of Ruth is a wonderful story . Grace and a virtuous woman go hand in hand.
  • Marsha
    I believe that Naomi life was a good example and she loved her son's wives she also loved God and God did not let Ruth be a long and ruth was her blessing from God they developed a mother and daughter relation
  • Shannon R. Gray
    Ruth was a God fearing woman which produced a great love for her family and loved one's. Immaculate love.
  • Winnie njue
    Ruth has that strong faith and Naomi is a woman who will not want to see her daughter inlaw suffer windowhood like she has so sets them free because they are still young.very wise and loving mother
  • Rosalind
    Ruth was a Loyal Woman of GOD. She was Blessed, and had Strong Faith In GOD.
  • Kabah Lambert
    Ruth had a FAITH, that impressed her to desire as Qualified to be part of God's People. She persisted!

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