New International Version
Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him.
King James Bible
And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
Darby Bible Translation
And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse to it.
World English Bible
Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse to it.
Young's Literal Translation
And Naomi taketh the lad, and layeth him in her bosom, and is to him for a nurse;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Naomi took the child - This might do for Naomi, but it was bad for the child. A child, unless remarkably healthy and robust, will suffer considerably by being nursed by an old woman, especially if the child sleep with her. The aged gain refreshment and energy by sleeping with the young; and from the same means the young derive premature decrepitude. The vigor which is absorbed by the former is lost by the latter. It is a foolish and destructive custom to permit young children, which is a common case, to sleep with aged aunts and old grandmothers. Bacon's grand secret of the cure of old age, couched in so many obscure and enigmatical terms, is simply this: Let young persons sleep constantly with those who are aged and infirm. And it was on this principle that the physicians of David recommended a young healthy girl to sleep with David in his old age. They well knew that the aged infirm body of the king would absorb a considerable portion of healthy energy from the young woman.
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Matthew's Gospel breaks the long silence that followed the ministry of Malachi the last of the Old Testament prophets. This silence extended for four hundred years, and during that time God was hid from Israel's view. Throughout this period there were no angelic manifestations, no prophet spake for Jehovah, and, though the Chosen People were sorely pressed, yet were there no Divine interpositions on their behalf. For four centuries God shut His people up to His written Word. Again and again had God …
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He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."
The women living there said, "Naomi has a son!" And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
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