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Naomi

na'-o-mi (beautiful; agreeable, my delight, the lovable)
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Boaz, Chilion, Elimelech, Mahlon, Obed, Orpah, Ruth
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Easton's Bible Dictionary

the lovable; my delight, The wife of Elimelech, and mother of Mahlon and Chilion, and mother-in-law of Ruth ( Ruth 1:2 , 1:20 , 1:21 ; 2:1 ). Elimelech and his wife left the district of Bethlehem-Judah, and found a new home in the uplands of Moab. In course of time he died, as also his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, who had married women of Moab, and three widows were left mourning the loss of their husbands. Naomi longs to return now to her own land, to Bethlehem. One of her widowed daughters-in-law, Ruth, accompanies her, and is at length married to Boaz (q.v.).

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Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names

beautiful; agreeable

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Smith's Bible Dictionary

or Naomi (my delight), The wife of Elimelech and mother-in-law of Ruth. ( Ruth 1:2 ; 2:1 ; 3:1 ; 4:3 , etc) (B.C. 1363.) The name is derived from a root signifying sweetness or pleasantness. Naomi left Judea with her husband and two sons, in a time of famine and went to the land of Moab. Here her husband and sons died; and on her return to Bethlehem she wished to be known as Mara, bitterness, instead of Naomi, sweetness.

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

na'-o-mi, na-o'-mi, na-o'-mi (no'omi, probably equals "pleasantness"; Septuagint. Codex Vaticanus Noemein; Codex Alexandrinus Noemmei(n)):

Wife of Elimelech and mother-in-law of Ruth (Ruth 1:2 - 4:17). She went with her husband to the land of Moab, and after his death returned to Bethlehem. When greeted on her return, she told the women of the town to call her, not no'omi ("pleasantness"), but marah ("bitterness"), "for," she said, "the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me." She advised Ruth in her dealings with Boaz, and afterward nursed their child (Obed).

The name may mean "my joy," "my bliss," but is perhaps better explained according to the traditional interpretation as "the pleasant one."




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