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Ruth 1 - NIV

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[a] ” she told them. “Call me Mara,[b] because the Almighty[c] has made my life very bitter.

21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[d] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.


a. Ruth 1:20 Hebrew Shaddai; also in verse 21
b. Ruth 1:20 Mara means bitter.
c. Ruth 1:20 Naomi means pleasant.
d. Ruth 1:21 Or has testified against

Sermons on Ruth 1 More sermons: Ruth 1

Manny Salva Cruz avatar
Where You Go I will Go
Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Jun, 2016
Summary: This first chapter of Ruth will help us see that there are great possibilities ahead that we are not aware of. God has been working all along in the background even if all around us is full of darkness and despair.
Series: Ruth
Ken Ritz avatar
Gods Hand In Our Suffering
Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
Summary: Part one of series on Ruth
Troy Borst avatar
God of our Choices
Shared by: Troy Borst on Apr, 2015
Summary: As we look at Ruth Chapter 1, we will discover how to make good Godly decisions in the future. You see, when it comes to our choices, there can be only one God. It is either us… or Him. We are the god of our choices or He is the God of our choices.
Series: Book of Ruth
Bishop Dr W. F. Houston, Jr. avatar
Running On Empty
Shared by: Bishop Dr W. F. Houston, Jr. on Feb, 2015
Summary: How many of you have felt like you want to throw up both hands and just quit. You have nothing left in the tank. I know I have.
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 2,870
Seth Alexander avatar
Uncommon Love: Ruth
Shared by: Seth Alexander on Feb, 2015
Summary: We must live Uncoomon Lives. See how Ruth lived with uncommon love.
Series: Uncommon
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 292
Isaac Butterworth avatar
The Journey of Faith
Shared by: Isaac Butterworth on Dec, 2014
Summary: It is through Jesus that God speaks to you and me – no matter how dark the times, no matter how difficult the way, no matter how unfaithful people around us may be. God speaks to us through Jesus, and he calls us to himself just as he did Ruth.
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 504
Mike Fogerson avatar
This Wasn't Suppose to Happen
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Nov, 2014
Summary: If the story of Ruth was adapted for the silver screen it would contain all the parts necessary for a blockbuster. Sudden trouble, tragedy, death, rags-to-riches.
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,168
T.J. Conwell avatar
Naomi Returns Home
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Oct, 2014
Summary: Building on our last message from Ruth we come to a powerful conclusion: “Sometimes when you abandon God, your life has disastrous consequences ... but, God is still faithful … even when we aren't!”
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 1:6-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 871
Joseph Marshall avatar
Who has control of your life?
Shared by: Joseph Marshall on Sep, 2014
Summary: In almost every home, there is a television with a remote control. Whoever holds the remote control has control over what is watched. In life, we have a spiritual remote control. Whoever's hands we put the remote in controls our life? Who has your remote?
Scripture: Ruth 1:16-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,001
Paul Clemente avatar
Sin Consequences
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Aug, 2014
Summary: There are consequences to sin.
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-21
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 286
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
An Overview of the Book of Ruth
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Oct, 2013
Summary: It all comes down to a moment at midnight on a particular threshing floor in the valley below Bethlehem.
Chuck Sligh avatar
From Pleasant to Bitter
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Jul, 2013
Summary: Upon Naomi's return home she said, "Don't call me Naomi [Pleasant] anymore. Call me Mara [Bitter]" This sermon examines her bitterness, now destructive bitterness is and how to deal with the trials in life.
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,541
Horng Saw avatar
Change: When And How To Embrace It
Shared by: Horng Saw on Jun, 2013
Summary: An expository teaching on when to change and how to embrace change. The key passage is Ruth chapter 1.
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 654
Thomas Swope avatar
Decisions, Decisions
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jun, 2013
Summary: A study of the book of Ruth chapter 1 verses 1 through 22
Series: Ruth
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 947
Damian Phillips avatar
A Mother’s Heart Revealed
Shared by: Damian Phillips on May, 2013
Summary: This message looks at an example of a near-perfect mother; and this mother, found in the book of Ruth, is named Naomi. From Naomi we will examine a mother’s strength, a mother’s love for her children, and learn some things about a mother’s personality.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,920
Victor Ramlall avatar
Shared by: Victor Ramlall on Feb, 2013
Summary: Ruth,the ancestor of Messiah demonstrates the God's grace, guidance, and goodness in taking bad situations and turning them into triumph radiating His Glory.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,900
Sean Harder avatar
Ruth Scene 1
Shared by: Sean Harder on Feb, 2013
Summary: It appears that this little book was a small beacon of hope that would lead ultimately to Jesus through the line of King David. The three main characters are a bitter older Israelite widow who finds her way home, a redeemer, and a gentile woman who shows
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: *other
Views: 431
Tim Diack avatar
Running On Empty
Shared by: Tim Diack on Feb, 2013
Summary: Naomi returns to Bethlehem despondent and embittered by sorrow and loss. What she fails to see, is what we often miss as well – that God is already at work behind the scenes!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,077
Monty Newton avatar
Finding Good In the Bad Things
Shared by: Monty Newton on Nov, 2012
Summary: Though life is uncertain we may be sure of the certainty that God is at work.
Bobby Stults avatar
Ruth - 1:6-22
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Jul, 2012
Summary: Naomi and Ruth return, God begins to heal and work in their lives...
Scripture: Ruth 1:6-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,103
Bobby Stults avatar
Ruth - A ’Chance’ meeting...
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Jul, 2012
Summary: Naomi fades into the backdrop and Ruth rises to the forefront of this story and a new character is introduced... but in all of the action, God is still preeminent.
Scripture: Ruth 1:22-2:3
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 690
Larry Turner avatar
How To Become A "Bitter" Woman
Shared by: Larry Turner on May, 2012
Summary: 8 steps to help you become a bitter woman
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-20
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 1,451
Revd. Martin Dale avatar
Where you go I will go
Shared by: Revd. Martin Dale on Mar, 2012
Summary: It took great faith for Ruth to step out of her comfort zone.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 2,633
Dave McFadden avatar
Ruth Chapter One: "Open Your Eyes"
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Feb, 2012
Summary: To overcome bitterness, we need to open our eyes to see the personal concern of others and the providential care of God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 7,050
David Dykes avatar
On the Road Again: Going the Wrong Way
Shared by: David Dykes on Aug, 2011
Summary: Four observations from Ruth about Elimelech, a backslidden Christian.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,933
Maurice McCarthy avatar
Weeping, Whining to Worshiping
Shared by: Maurice McCarthy on May, 2011
Summary: Ruth went from weeping to whining (bitterness) to worshiping.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,156
Rodelio Mallari avatar
Shared by: Rodelio Mallari on Apr, 2011
Summary: Though this book is, for the most part, about the main character (Ruth), let us also observe how this story unfolds for a second character, another woman named Naomi – Ruth’s mother-in-law. We shall look at four reasons why Naomi went from sweet to bitter
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: *other
Views: 3,155
Jon Miller avatar
The Altitude of our Attitude
Shared by: Jon Miller on Mar, 2011
Summary: This message looks at Naomi's attitude after returning from Moab. There is application from God's word to help believer in Christ not come bitter when life is rough.
Series: Book of Ruth
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Views: 2,994
Glenn Durham avatar
The Making of Mara (Bitterness)
Shared by: Glenn Durham on Jan, 2011
Summary: God’s wondrous workings may take us through a deep struggle with sovereignty.
Series: Ruth
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 6,509
Allan Quak avatar
Ruth - An Outsider Welcomed In
Shared by: Allan Quak on Dec, 2010
Summary: Logically Ruth should not be in the genealogy of Jesus. As a Moabite she is from a despised nation and the only person seeking to be an example to her is Naomi - a woman who is bitter and angry at God. Yet God moves in myseterious ways to include Ruth.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 1:1-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,584