28 One of the
scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and
seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment
is the first of all?"
29 Jesus answered,
"The first is, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the
Lord is one;
30 you shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
31 The second
is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There
is no other commandment greater than these."
32 Then the scribe
said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that
"he is one, and besides him there is no other';
33 and "to
love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and
with all the strength,' and "to love one's neighbor as oneself,'
-- this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and
34 When Jesus
saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far
from the kingdom of God." After that no one dared to ask him
Ruth 1:1-22, 4:14-17
1 In the days
when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain
man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he
and his wife and two sons.
2 The name of
the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names
of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from
Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained
3 But Elimelech,
the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.
4 These took Moabite
wives; the name of one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth.
When they had lived there for about ten years,
5 both Mahlon
and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two
sons or her husband.
6 Then she started
to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for
she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had had consideration
for his people and given them food.
7 So she set out
from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law,
and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah.
8 But Naomi said
to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back each of you to your
mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you
have dealt with the dead and with me.
9 The Lord grant
that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.’
Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud.
10 They said to
her, ‘No, we will return with you to your people.’
11 But Naomi said,
‘Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still
have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands?
12 Turn back,
my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even
if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband
tonight and bear sons,
13 would you then
wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying?
No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you,
because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.’
14 Then they wept
aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15 So she said,
‘See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to
her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’
16 But Ruth said,
‘Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
17 Where you
die, I will die—
there will I be buried.
May the Lord do thus and so to me,
and more as well,
if even death parts me from you!’
18 When Naomi
saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to
19 So the two
of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they came to
Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them; and the women
said, ‘Is this Naomi?’
20 She said to
‘Call me no longer Naomi,
call me Mara,
for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me.
21 I went away
but the Lord has brought me back empty;
why call me Naomi
when the Lord has dealt harshly with me,
and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?’
22 So Naomi returned
together with Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, who came back
with her from the country of Moab. They came to Bethlehem at the
beginning of the barley harvest.
14 Then the women
said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you
this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel!
15 He shall be
to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your
daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons,
has borne him.’
16 Then Naomi
took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse.
17 The women of
the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, ‘A son has been
born to Naomi.’ They named him Obed; he became the father
of Jesse, the father of David.