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 1:20

  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 20
    Call me not Naomi, but call me Mara. Naomi means pleasant, but God has allowed bitterness to come upon her with the passing of her husband, as well as her two sons. Yet God has given her a pleasant surprise in a daughter in law, Ruth, who is better than seven sons. God is good, and always knows what is better for us. Even though we go through bitter experiences, He gives us the pleasant promise that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose. The end result is we will be like Jesus when God is finishes with us.

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