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Na’omi, or Nao’mi (my delight), the wife of Elimelech and mother-in-law of Ruth. Ruth 1:2, etc.; 2:1, etc.; 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.