Ruth 1:17
New International Version
Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

New Living Translation
Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”

English Standard Version
Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”

Berean Study Bible
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

New American Standard Bible
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD do so to me, and worse, if anything but death separates me from you.”

NASB 1995
“Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”

NASB 1977
“Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”

Amplified Bible
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD do the same to me [as He has done to you], and more also, if anything but death separates me from you.”

Christian Standard Bible
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me, and do so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Yahweh punish me, and do so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.

American Standard Version
where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: Jehovah do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the place where you will die, I shall die also, and I shall be buried. Thus shall God do to me and thus he will add to me, unless death alone will ever separate me and you!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And wherever thou diest, I will die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if I leave thee, for death only shall divide between me and thee.

Contemporary English Version
I will die where you die and be buried beside you. May the LORD punish me if we are ever separated, even by death!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
The land that shall receive thee dying, in the same will I die: and there will I be buried. The Lord do so and so to me, and add more also, if aught but death part me and thee.

English Revised Version
where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.

Good News Translation
Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried. May the LORD's worst punishment come upon me if I let anything but death separate me from you!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wherever you die, I will die, and I will be buried there with you. May the LORD strike me down if anything but death separates you and me!"

International Standard Version
Where you die, I'll die and be buried. May the LORD do this to me—and more—if anything except death comes between you and me."

JPS Tanakh 1917
where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried; the LORD do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.'

Literal Standard Version
Where you die I die, and there I am buried; thus does YHWH to me, and thus He adds—for death itself parts between me and you.”

NET Bible
Wherever you die, I will die--and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me severely if I do not keep my promise! Only death will be able to separate me from you!"

New Heart English Bible
where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death part you and me."

World English Bible
where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried. Yahweh do so to me, and more also, if anything but death part you and me."

Young's Literal Translation
Where thou diest I die, and there I am buried; thus doth Jehovah to me, and thus doth He add -- for death itself doth part between me and thee.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Ruth's Loyalty to Naomi
16But Ruth replied: “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn from following you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” 18When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped trying to persuade her.…

Cross References
Ruth 1:16
But Ruth replied: "Do not urge me to leave you or to turn from following you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.

Ruth 4:15
He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."

1 Samuel 3:17
"What was the message He gave you?" Eli asked. "Do not hide it from me. May God punish you, and ever so severely, if you hide from me anything He said to you."

1 Samuel 14:44
And Saul declared, "May God punish me, and ever so severely, if you, Jonathan, do not surely die!"

1 Samuel 20:13
But if my father intends to bring evil on you, then may the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if I do not tell you and send you on your way in safety. May the LORD be with you, just as He has been with my father.

2 Samuel 15:21
But Ittai answered the king, "As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be!"

1 Kings 2:23
Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God punish me, and ever so severely, if Adonijah has not made this request at the expense of his life.


Treasury of Scripture

Where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me.

the lord

1 Samuel 3:17
And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

1 Samuel 25:22
So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

2 Samuel 3:9,35
So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him; …

but death

Acts 11:23
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.









(17) The Lord do so to me.--Ruth clinches her resolutions with a solemn oath, in which, if we are to take the words literally, she swears by the name of the God of Israel. With this Naomi yields; after so solemn a protest she can urge no more.

Verse 17. - Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried. She wished to be naturalized for life in Naomi's fatherland. Nor did she wish her remains to be conveyed back for burial to the land of her nativity. So may Yahveh do to me, and still more, but death only shall part me and thee. She appeals to the God of the Israelites, the one universal God. She puts herself on oath, and invokes his severest penal displeasure if she should suffer anything less uncontrollable than death to part her from her mother-in-law. "So may Yahveh do to me." It was thus that the Hebrews made their most awful appeals to Yahveh. They signified their willingness to suffer some dire calamity if they should either do the evil deed repudiated or fail to do the good deed promised. So stands in misty indefiniteness; not, as Fuller supposes, by way of "leaving it to the discretion of God Almighty to choose that arrow out of his quiver which he shall think it most fit to shoot," but as a kind of euphemism, or cloudy veil, two-thirds concealing, and one-third revealing, whatever horrid infliction could by dramatic sign be represented or hinted. And still more - a thoroughly Semitic idiom, and so may he add (to do) There was first of all a full imprecation, and then an additional 'bittock,' to lend intensity to the asseveration. "But death only shall sever between me and thee!" Ruth's language is broken. Two formulas of imprecation are flung together. One, if complete, would have been to this effect: "So may Yahveh do to me, and so may he add to do, if (אִם) aught but death sever between me and thee!" The other, if complete, would have run thus: "I swear by Yahveh 'that' (כִּי) death, death only, shall part thee and me. In the original the word death has the article, death emphatically. It is as if she had said death, the great divider. The full idea is in substance death alone. This divider alone, says Ruth, "shall sever between me and thee;" literally, "between me and between thee," a Hebrew idiom, repeating for emphasis' sake the two-sided relationship, but taking the repetition in reverse order, between me (and thee) and between thee (and me).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Where
בַּאֲשֶׁ֤ר (ba·’ă·šer)
Preposition-b | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you die,
תָּמ֙וּתִי֙ (tā·mū·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

I will die,
אָמ֔וּת (’ā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

and there
וְשָׁ֖ם (wə·šām)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

I will be buried.
אֶקָּבֵ֑ר (’eq·qā·ḇêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6912: To inter

May the LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

punish
כֹּה֩ (kōh)
Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

me,
יַעֲשֶׂ֨ה (ya·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

and ever so
וְכֹ֣ה (wə·ḵōh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

severely,
יֹסִ֔יף (yō·sîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3254: To add, augment

if
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

anything but death
הַמָּ֔וֶת (ham·mā·weṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

separates
יַפְרִ֖יד (yap̄·rîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6504: To break through, spread, separate

you
בֵּינִ֥י (bê·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 996: An interval, space between

and me.”
וּבֵינֵֽךְ׃ (ū·ḇê·nêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's 996: An interval, space between


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