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Dictionaries :: Machir

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Easton's Bible Dictionary


sold. (1.) Manasseh's oldest son (Jos 17:1), or probably his only son (see 1Ch 7:14,15; Num 26:29-33; Jos 13:31). His descendants are referred to under the name of Machirites, being the offspring of Gilead (Num 26:29). They settled in land taken from the Amorites (Num 32:39,40; Deu 3:15) by a special enactment (Num 36:1-3; Jos 17:3,4). He is once mentioned as the representative of the tribe of Manasseh east of Jordan (Jdg 5:14).

(2.) A descendant of the preceding, residing at Lo-debar, where he maintained Jonathan's son Mephibosheth till he was taken under the care of David (2Sa 9:4), and where he afterwards gave shelter to David himself when he was a fugitive (17:27).

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary


selling; knowing

Smith's Bible Dictionary



(1.) The eldest son (Joshua 17:1) of the patriarch Manasseh by an Aramite or Syrian concubine (1 Chronicles 7:14). At the time of the conquest the family of Machir had become very powerful, and a large part of the country on the east of Jordan was subdued by them (Numbers 32:39; 3:15).

(2.) The son of Ammiel, a powerful sheikh of one of the transjordanic tribes, who rendered essential service to the cause of Saul and of David successively (2 Samuel 9:4-5; 17:27-29).


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