The Moabites, Naomi's daughter-in-law, who remained with her people and gods, when Ruth followed Naomi and the Lord, Ru 1:4-14. The one was taken and the other left.
(See NOAMI; BOAZ.) Wife of Chilion. (See CHILION.) On her husband's death accompanied Naomi toward Bethlehem a short distance, but, in spite of professions of attachment and tears, she went back to "her people and her gods," and lost the golden opportunity which Ruth embraced of having Israel's God for her God. "Orpah kissed her mother in law, but Ruth clave unto her" (Ru 1:14, compare Pr 17:17; 18:24; compare Demas, 2Ti 4:10). Orpah's name is now dishonoured, and her seed if she had any is consigned to oblivion. Ruth's Seed - Jesus Christ - is the name at which every knee shall bow (Php 2:10).
A Moabitess, sister of Ruth and daughter-in-law of Naomi. When the latter was returning to her own country, Orpah, following Naomi's advice, elected to go back to her own people and to her god (or gods), while her sister went with her mother-in-law (Ru 1:4-14).
Wife of Chilion son of Elimelech. She wept at parting from her mother-in-law, but she returned to Moab when Naomi with Ruth came to Canaan. Ru 1:4,14. She stands in contrast to Ruth, whose faith and trust in the God of Israel were so highly rewarded.