Ruth 1:21

“I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I went out full, and the Lord hath bought me home againe emptie: Why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I went out full, and Jehovah hath brought me home again empty; why call ye me Naomi, seeing Jehovah hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
- American Standard Version (1901)

I went out full, and the Lord has sent me back again with nothing; why do you give me the name Naomi, seeing that the Lord has given witness against me, and the Ruler of all has sent sorrow on me?
- Basic English Bible

I went out full, and Jehovah has brought me home again empty. Why do ye call me Naomi, seeing Jehovah has brought me low, and the Almighty has afflicted me?
- Darby Bible

I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
- Webster's Bible

I went out full, and Yahweh has brought me home again empty; why do you call me Naomi, since Yahweh has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
- World English Bible

I went out full, and empty hath Jehovah brought me back, why do ye call me Naomi, and Jehovah hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath done evil to me?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me back home empty; why call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ruth 1:21


1:21 Full - With my husband and sons, and a plentiful estate for our support. Testified - That is, hath borne witness, as it were, in judgment, and given sentence against me.


Discussion for Ruth 1

  • 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.
  • Henrietta Okyere
    This book tell us to have faith and also determination no matter who and where you from Ruth demonstrated faith and through that the fulfilment of GOD came.
  • 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.

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