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Easton's Bible Dictionary


desert. (1.) One of the "dukes" of Edom (Gen 36:13,17).

(2.) One of the sons of Jesse (1Sa 16:9). He is also called Shimeah (2Sa 13:3) and Shimma (1Ch 2:13).

(3.) One of David's three mighty men (2Sa 23:11,12).

(4.) One of David's mighties (2Sa 23:25); called also Shammoth (1Ch 11:27) and Shamhuth (27:8).

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary


loss; desolation; astonishment

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


sham'-a (shammah):

(1) The son of Reuel, the son of Esau, a tribal chief of Edom (Ge 36:13,17; 1Ch 1:37, Some).

(2) The third son of Jesse and brother of David. Together with his two other brothers he fought under Saul in the campaign against the Philistines and was with the army in the valley of Elah when David slew Goliath (1Sa 17:13 ). One redactor states that he was a witness of the anointing of David by Samuel (1Sa 16:1-13). He was the father of Jonadab, the friend of Amnon (2Sa 13:3 ), and that Jonathan whose victory over a Philistine giant is narrated in 2Sa 21:20 ff was also his son. His name is rendered as "Shammah" (1Sa 16:9; 17:13), "Shimeah" (2Sa 13:3,12), "Shimei" (2Sa 21:21), and "Shimea" (1Ch 2:13; 20:7).

(3) The son of Agee, a Hararite, one of the "three mighty men" of David (2Sa 23:11, Septuagint Samaia), who held the field against the Philistines. The parallel passage (1Ch 11:10 ) ascribes this deed to Eleazar, the son of Dodo. The succeeding incident (2Sa 23:13 ), namely, the famous act of three of David's heroes who risked their lives to bring their leader water from the well of Bethlehem, has frequently been credited to Shammah and two other members of "the three"; but the three warriors are plainly said (2Sa 23:13) to belong to "the thirty"; 2Sa 23:33 should read "Jonathan, son of Shammah, the Hararite." Jonathan, one of David's "thirty," was a son of Shammah; the word "son" has been accidentally omitted (Driver, Budde, Kittel, etc.). The parallel passage (1Ch 11:34) has "son of Shagee," which is probably, a misreading for "son of Agee." Lucian's version, "son of Shammah," is most plausible. "Shimei the son of Ela" (1Ki 4:18) should also appear in this passage if Lucian's reading of "Ela" for "Agee" (2Sa 23:11) be correct.

(4) A Harodite (2Sa 23:25,33), i.e. probably a native of ‘Ain-charod (‘Ain Jalud, Jud 7:1; see HAROD). One of "the thirty" and captain of Solomon's 5th monthly course. In the parallel lists (1Ch 11:27) he is called "the Harorite" (this last being a scribal error for Harodite) and "Shamhuth the Izrahate" (1Ch 27:8).

Written by Horace J. Wolf

Smith's Bible Dictionary



(1.) The son of Reuel the son of Esau (Genesis 36:13, 17; 1 Chronicles 1:37). (B.C. about 1700)

(2.) The third son of Jesse, and brother of David (1 Samuel 16:9; 17:13). Called also Shimea, Shimeah and Shimma.

(3.) One of the three greatest of David's mighty men (2 Samuel 23:11-17). (B.C. 1061)

(4.) The Harodite, one of David's mighties (2 Samuel 23:25). He is called "SHAMMOTH the Harorite" in 1 Chronicles 11:27 and "SHAMHUTH the Izrahite" ibid. SEE [SHAMHUTH]. (1 Chronicles 27:8).

(5.) In the list of David's mighty men in 2 Samuel 23:32, 33, we find "Jonathan, Shammah the Hararite;" while in the corresponding verse of 1 Chronicles 11:34, it is Jonathan.


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