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ORPAH

or'-pa (`orpah; for meaning see below): 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 (Ruth 1:4 ff). Her name is supposed to be derived from the Hebrew word for "neck" (`oreph), 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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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'ORPAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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