“The lovable; my delight, the wife of Elimelech, and mother of” “Mahlon and Chilion, and mother-in-law of Ruth (1:2, 20, 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.).
Definition of Naomi: “beautiful; agreeable”