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published: 6/10/13

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Orpah



ten commandments
The 10 Commandments
Circa 2nd century B.C.

Who was Orpah?

Orpah was the daugher of Naomi and the sister of Ruth.

Orpah was a Moabitess, wife of Mahlon, son of Elimelech and Naomi. Unlike her sister Ruth she returned to her own people after escorting Naomi on her way to Judah (Rth 1:4 ff).

Her name is supposed to be derived from the Hebrew word for "neck," and so to mean "stiff-necked" because of her turning-back from following her mother-in-law; others take it to mean "gazelle.



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Source

IBSE, "Isaac" (in the public domain) with minor edits.