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Barzillai

Meaning: of iron.

This was the name of three biblical men:

  1. A Meholathite, the father of Adriel (2 Sam. 21:8).

  2. A Gileadite of Rogelim who was distinguished for his loyalty to David. He liberally provided for the king’s followers (2 Sam. 17:27). David on his death-bed, remembering his kindness, commended Barzillai’s children to the care of Solomon (1 Kings 2:7).

  3. A priest who married a daughter of the preceding (Ezra 2:61).