IsiZulu 1959/1997 (NO) (ZUL59NO)
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U-Elimeleki nomkakhe.URuthe

11Kwathi emihleni abahlulela ngayo abahluleli kwaba khona indlala ezweni. Umuntu othile waseBetlehema Juda waya ukuyohlala ezweni lakwaMowabi, yena nomkakhe, namadodana akhe amabili. 2

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Gen. 35:19
Igama lalowo muntu lalingu-Elimeleki, igama lomkakhe lalinguNawomi, amagama amadodana akhe amabili ayengoMahaloni noKiliyoni; babe ngama-Efratha aseBetlehema Juda. Bafika ezweni lakwaMowabi, bahlala khona.

3U-Elimeleki umyeni kaNawomi wafa; kepha yena wasala namadodana akhe amabili. 4Azithathela abafazi kwabesifazane bakwaMowabi; igama lomunye lalingu-Orpa, igama lomunye lalinguRuthe; bahlala khona kwangathi iminyaka eyishumi. 5OMahaloni noKiliyoni bafa bobabili; owesifazane washiywa-ke ngabantwana bakhe ababili nangumyeni wakhe.

6Wayesesuka nawomalokazana bakhe ukuba abuye ezweni lakwaMowabi, ngokuba wayezwile ezweni lakwaMowabi ukuthi uJehova uhambele abantu bakhe ukuba abaphe ukudla. 7Waphuma endaweni lapho wayekhona, omalokazana bakhe benaye; bahamba ngendlela yokubuyela ezweni lakwaJuda.

8UNawomi wathi komalokazana bakhe ababili: “Hambani nibuyele, kube yilowo nalowo endlini kanina; uJehova makanenzele umusa, njengalokho nanenza kwabafileyo nakimi. 9UJehova makaninike ukuba nifumane ukuphumula, kube yilowo nalowo endlini yomyeni wakhe.” Wayesebanga, badazuluka, bakhala. 10Bathi kuye: “Hhayi! Kepha sobuyela nawe kubantu bakini!”

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1:11
Dut. 25:5
Wayesethi uNawomi: “Buyani, madodakazi ami; nohambelani nami na? Ngisenamadodana ezibilinini zami ukuba abe ngabayeni benu na? 12Buyani, madodakazi ami, nihambe, ngokuba sengimdala ukuba ngibe nomyeni. Noma ngangithi nginethemba, noma ngingaba nendoda kulobu busuku, ngizale amadodana, 13
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Jobe 19:21
beningawahlalela aze abe ngakhulileyo na? Beniyakuzivimbela ningabi namadoda na? Hhayi, madodakazi ami, kumunyu kimi ngenxa yenu, ngokuba isandla sikaJehova siphumele kimi.”

14Badazuluka, baphinda bakhala; u-Orpa wamanga uninazala, kepha uRuthe wanamathela kuye.

15Wathi: “Bheka, umnakwenu usebuyele kwabakubo nakunkulunkulu wakhe; buya nawe, umlandele umnakwenu.”

16Kepha uRuthe wathi: “Ungangincengi ukuba ngikushiye, ngibuye, ngingakulandeli, ngokuba lapho uya khona, ngiyakuya khona nami, nalapho uhlala khona, ngiyakuhlala khona nami; abantu bakho bayakuba ngabantu bami, uNkulunkulu wakho abe nguNkulunkulu wami. 17Lapho ufela khona, ngiyakufela khona nami, ngimbelwe khona; uJehova akenze njalo kimi, enezele futhi, ngokuba ngukufa kuphela okuyakusahlukanisa.” 18Esebonile ukuthi uzimisele ukuhamba naye, wayeka ukukhuluma kuye.

19Base behamba bobabili baze bafika eBetlehema. Kwathi sebefikile eBetlehema, wonke umuzi wanyakaziswa, bathi: “Lo unguNawomi na?”

20Wathi kubo: “Ningangibizi ngokuthi uNawomi;* ngibizeni ngokuthi uMara,* ngokuba uSomandla ungiphathe ngomunyu omkhulu. 21Ngahamba ngigcwele, uJehova ungibuyise ngize; ningibizelani ngokuthi uNawomi, lokhu uJehova efakazile ngami, uSomandla engenzele okubi, na?”

22Wabuya-ke uNawomi kanye noRuthe wakwaMowabi umalokazana wakhe owabuya ezweni lakwaMowabi, bafika eBetlehema ekuqaleni kokuvunwa kwebhali.*

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URuthe ukhothoza ensimini kaBowazi

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2:1
Math. 1:5
UNawomi wayenesihlobo somyeni wakhe, umuntu ocebileyo, owomndeni ka-Elimeleki, igama lakhe linguBowazi.

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2:2
Lev. 19:9
23:22
URuthe wakwaMowabi wathi kuNawomi: “Mangihambe, ngiye ensimini, ngikhothoze ezikhwetshini emva kwalowo engiyakufumana umusa emehlweni akhe.”

Wathi kuye: “Hamba, ndodakazi yami.” 3Wahamba, waya wakhothoza ensimini emva kwabavuni; kwase kwenzeka ukuba afike esiqeshini sensimu sikaBowazi womndeni ka-Elimeleki.

4Bheka, uBowazi wafika evela eBetlehema, wathi kwabavunayo: “UJehova makabe nani.”

Bathi kuye: “UJehova makakubusise.”

5Wayesethi uBowazi encekwini yakhe eyayibekwe phezu kwabavuni: “Ngekabani le ntombazana na?”

6Inceku eyayibekwe phezu kwabavuni yaphendula yathi: “Kuyintombazana yakwaMowabi ebuye noNawomi ezweni lakwaMowabi; 7ithe: ‘Ake ngikhothoze, ngibuthe ezithungwini emva kwabavuni.’ Selokhu ifikile, iqhubekile kusukela ekuseni kuze kube manje, ihlale kancane endlini kuphela.”

8UBowazi wayesethi kuRuthe: “Angithi uyezwa, ndodakazi yami? Ungayi ukukhothoza kwenye insimu, futhi ungasuki lapha, kepha namathela kuwo amantombazana ami lapha. 9Amehlo akho mawabe sensimini ayivunayo, uwalandele; angithi ngiyalile abafana ukuba bangakuthinti na? Nxa womile, yana ezitsheni, uphuze lokho abakukhileyo abafana.”

10Wayesewa ngobuso bakhe, wakhothamela emhlabathini, wathi kuye: “Ngifumaneleni umusa emehlweni akho ukuba unginake, lokhu ngingowezizwe, na?”

11UBowazi waphendula, wathi kuye: “Kubikiwe kimi konke omenzele khona unyokozala selokhu afa umyeni wakho nokuthi ushiyile uyihlo nonyoko nezwe lokuzalwa kwakho, weza kubantu ongabazanga ngaphambili. 12

2:12
AmaH. 17:8
36:7
57:1
91:4
Math. 23:37
UJehova makakuvuze ngomsebenzi wakho, uphiwe umvuzo opheleleyo nguJehova uNkulunkulu ka-Israyeli oze ukuba uphephele phansi kwamaphiko akhe.”

13Wathi: “Mangifumane umusa emehlweni akho, nkosi, ngokuba ungiduduzile nangokuba ukhulume kahle kuyo incekukazi yakho, noma ngingenjengenye yezincekukazi zakho.”

14Ngesikhathi sokudla uBowazi wathi kuye: “Woza lapha, udle isinkwa, ugcobhoze ucezu lwakho kuviniga.” Wahlala eceleni kwabavuni, wamnika utshwele, wadla wasutha, washiya phansi. 15Esesukile ekukhothozeni uBowazi wayala abafana bakhe, wathi: “Makakhothoze nasezithungwini, ningamkhathazi. 16Anoke nimkhiphele nokuthile ezithungwini, nikushiye ukuba akukhothoze, ningamsoli.”

17Wakhothoza-ke ensimini kwaze kwahlwa; wakubhula lokho abekukhothozile, kwakungathi i-efa* lebhali.* 18Wakuthatha, wangena emzini; uninazala wabona lokho abekukhothozile; wakhipha, wamnika lokho akushiyile esesuthile.

19Uninazala wathi kuye: “Ukhothozephi namuhla na? Usebenzephi? Makabusiswe lowo okunakileyo.”

Wamtshela uninazala ukuthi ubesebenza kubani, wathi: “Igama lomuntu engisebenzile kuye namuhla linguBowazi.”

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2:20
Lev. 25:25
UNawomi wathi kumalokazana wakhe: “Makabusiswe nguJehova ongayekanga umusa wakhe kwabaphilileyo nakwabafileyo.” UNawomi wathi kuye: “Lowo muntu uyisihlobo sethu, ungowabahlengi bethu.”

21URuthe wakwaMowabi wathi: “Yebo, wathi kimi: ‘Wonamathela kubafana bami, baze baqede konke ukuvuna kwami.’ ”

22UNawomi wayesethi kuRuthe umalokazana wakhe: “Kuhle, ndodakazi yami, ukuba uphume namantombazana akhe, ungafikelwa kwenye insimu.”

23Wayesenamathela-ke kuwo amantombazana kaBowazi ukukhothoza kwaze kwaba sekugcineni kokuvunwa kwebhali* nokukakolweni; wahlala-ke noninazala.

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URuthe engasezinyaweni zikaBowazi

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3:1
Ruthe 1:9
UNawomi uninazala wathi kuye: “Ndodakazi yami, angiyikukufunela ukuphumula ukuba kube kuhle kuwe na? 2Angithi uBowazi owawunamantombazana akhe uyisihlobo sethu na? Bheka, uyela ibhali* kusihlwa esibuyeni. 3Ngakho-ke geza, ugcobe, ugqoke isambatho sakho, wehlele esibuyeni, kepha ungazazisi kulowo muntu, aze aqede ukudla nokuphuza. 4Kuyakuthi nxa eselala, uqaphele indawo ayakulala kuyo, ungene, wambule izinyawo zakhe, ulale; uyakukutshela lokhu oyakukwenza.”

5Wathi kuye: “Konke okushoyo ngiyakukwenza.” 6Wehlela esibuyeni, wenza njengakho konke amyale ngakho uninazala.

7UBowazi wadla waphuza, inhliziyo yakhe yathokoza, waya ukulala ngasekugcineni kwenqwaba yamabele; wafika kahle, wambula izinyawo zakhe, walala. 8Kwathi phakathi kwamabili yethuka leyo ndoda, yaphenduka; bheka, kwakulele owesifazane ngasezinyaweni zayo.

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3:9
Ruthe 2:12,20
Yathi: “Ungubani?”

Wathi: “NginguRuthe incekukazi yakho; yembesa incekukazi yakho umphetho wengubo yakho, ngokuba ungumhlengi.”

10Yathi: “Mawubusiswe nguJehova, ndodakazi yami; ubonakalisile umusa ekugcineni kakhulu kunasekuqaleni, ngokuba awulandelanga izinsizwa, noma zimpofu noma zicebile. 11Manje, ndodakazi yami, ungesabi; ngiyakukwenzela konke okushoyo, ngokuba wonke umuzi wabantu bakithi uyazi ukuthi ungowesifazane olungileyo. 12Yebo, kuqinisile ukuthi ngingumhlengi, kepha kukhona umhlengi omkhulu kunami. 13Hlala lobu busuku; kuyakuthi ekuseni, uma ekuhlenga, kulungile, makakuhlenge; kepha uma engathandi ukukuhlenga, mina ngiyakukuhlenga, kuphila kukaJehova; lala kuze kuse.”

14Walala ngasezinyaweni zakhe kwaze kwasa, wavuka bengakazani. Ngokuba yathi: “Makungaziwa ukuthi owesifazane wafika esibuyeni.”

15Yayisithi: “Letha ingubo ephezu kwakho, uyibambe.” Wayibamba, yalinganisa kasithupha ibhali,* yamthwesa lona, wangena emzini.

16Wafika kuninazala; wathi yena: “Ungubani, ndodakazi yami?”

Wamtshela konke leyo ndoda ebimenzele khona. 17Wathi: “Ingiphile lezi zilinganiso eziyisithupha zebhali,* ngokuba yathi kimi: ‘Ungayi kunyokozala ungaphethe lutho.’ ”

18Wathi: “Hlala, ndodakazi yami, uze wazi ukuba le ndaba iyakuphethelaphi, ngokuba leyo ndoda ayiyikuphumula ingakaqedi indaba namuhla.”