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

  • 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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