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Meaning: father of nobleness; i.e., “noble.”
A name used by four different men in the Old Testament:
A Levite of Kirjath-jearim, in whose house the ark of the covenant was deposited after having been brought back from the land of the Philistines (1 Sam. 7:1). It remained there twenty years, till it was removed by David (1 Sam. 7:1-2; 1 Chr. 13:7).
The second of the eight sons of Jesse (1 Sam. 16:8). He was with Saul in the campaign against the Philistines in which Goliath was slain (1 Sam. 17:13).
One of Saul’s sons, who persisted with his father in the battle of Gilboa (1 Sam. 31:2; 1 Chr. 10:2).
One of Solomon’s officers, who “provided victuals for the king and his household.” He presided, for this purpose, over the district of Dor (1 Kings 4:11).