she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept. And they
said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me?
are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your
husbands? Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to
have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have a
husband also to night, and should also bear sons; would ye tarry for
them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having
husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes
that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother
in law but Ruth cleave unto her.
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.
And Ruth said, Entreat me not
to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither
thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy
people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest,
will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and
more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
When she saw
that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left
speaking unto her.
So they two went until they came to Beth-lehem.
Ruth i, 1-19.