forelock or fawn, a Moabitess, the wife of Chilion (Ruth 1:4; 4:10). On the death of her husband she accompanied Naomi, her mother-in-law, part of the way to Bethlehem, and then returned to Moab.
After living there about ten years Naomi's sons died also, leaving orpah and Ruth widows, along with their widowed mother-in-law.
orpah is forgotten; she remained with her own people and died in obscurity.
Ruth goes where affection and duty lead her; but for orpah too it may be claimed that in love and duty she goes back.
The names of these two daughters-in-law were Ruth and orpah.
Such an occasion came to Ruth and orpah when they reached the border of Moab.
And orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.
They were too hard for her sister orpah; the consideration of them turned her back after she was set out.
This was the prayer of pious Naomi for Ruth and orpah, and is an appropriate prayer now in behalf of unmarried womanhood.
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and orpah kissed her mother in law but Ruth cleave unto her.