complete verse (Ruth 4:11 - 4:12)

Following are a number of back-translations of Ruth 4:11-12:

  • Noongar: “Then all the elders and all the people sitting at the gate, they said, ‘We are witnesses, May God bless this woman who is going into your home, so she will become like Rachel and Leah who together raised the people of Israel. God will give you fame in Ephratha and give you a big name in Bethlehem. God will give you many children with this young woman, the Lord will bless you and this young woman so your family will become like the family of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.’” (Source: Bardip Ruth-Ang 2020)
  • Eastern Bru: “Then all the leaders and the other people in that place said: ‘Surely we have heard all these things. And we ask that God make this woman, who will become your wife, to have many offspring like Rachel and Leah. Rachel and Leah are the female ancestors of all of Israel. And we pray that you will have wealth in Ephrathah and become a great leader in the city of Behlehem also. And we ask that God will allow you and this woman to have many offspring like Perez. Perez was our ancestor long ago. The father of Perez was Juda, and his mother was Tamar.’” (Source: Bru Back Translation)
  • Hiligaynon: “The rulers of the town and all the people there at the gate replied, ‘Yes, we(excl) are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman-whom- you(sg) -will-marry (be) like Raquel and Lea who bore children, who became the people of Israel. May you(sg) become-rich in Efrata and become famous in Betlehem. May the children that the LORD will-give you(sg) through this woman cause- your(sg) family -to-be-famous like the family of Perez, the child of Juda by Tamar.’” (Source: Hiligaynon Back Translation)
  • English: “All the elders and the others who were sitting at the town gate agreed, and one of them said, ‘Yes, we are witnesses. We hope/desire that Yahweh will enable this woman, who will be coming into your home, to give birth to many children, as Rachel and Leah did. They are the women from whom all us people of Israel are descended. We hope that you will become rich in the clan of Ephratah, and become famous here in Bethlehem. We hope/desire that Yahweh will enable you and this young woman to have many descendants. And we hope/desire that your family will be as important as the family of your ancestor Perez, the son of Judah and Tamar.’” (Source: Translation for Translators)