RUTH 1:16

“Where you go I will go”

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TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

In this verse Naomi has told Ruth to return to her people in Moab as she is going back to Jerusalem. Ruth replies: “Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (NIV).

Ruth's strong and faithful devotion to Naomi is still seen as model behavior today. Her willingness to abide by Jewish customs goes to the point where she later converts to Judaism. Ruth's example shows that faith and persistence break boundaries and let us to live new lives.

To get what Ruth 1:16 means in detail, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

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“And Ruth said, Intreat 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:”

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Ruth 1:16 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And Ruth רוּת֙ Ruth, a Moabitess Ruth
said, וַתֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Intreat תִּפְגְּעִי To impinge, by accident or violence, or (figuratively) by importunity Intreat
me not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
to leave לְעָזְבֵ֖ךְ To loosen, i.e., relinquish, permit, etc leave
thee, to return לָשׁ֣וּב To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again return
or (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
from following after מֵאַֽחֲרָ֑יִךְ Properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) following
thee: for כִּ֠י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed thee for
whither אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to whither
thou goest, תֵּֽלְכִ֜י To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) goest
I will go; אֵלֵ֗ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
and where וּבַֽאֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc and where
thou lodgest, תָּלִ֙ינִי֙ To stop (usually over night); by implication, to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (especially in words, to complain) lodgest
I will lodge: אָלִ֔ין To stop (usually over night); by implication, to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (especially in words, to complain) lodge
thy people עַמֵּ֣ךְ A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
shall be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
my people, עַמִּ֔י A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
and thy God וֵֽאלֹהַ֖יִךְ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
my God: אֱלֹהָֽי׃ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God

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  • 14  And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

  • 15  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.

  • 16  And Ruth said, Intreat 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:

  • 17  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.

  • 18  When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.




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