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Naomi (na-ô'mî or nâ'o-mî), my delight. The wife of Elimelech, and the mother-in-law of Ruth, and who moved with their two sons from Judæa to Moab in the time of a famine. Ruth 1:2. Elimelech died, and also his two sons, each leaving a widow; Naomi, thus bereaved, started back to her native country. Orpah remained behind, but Ruth accompanied her. Once back in Bethlehem, she wished to be known by the name Mara—"bitterness." She thenceforth acted the part of a faithful mother to Ruth.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Naomi'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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