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Meaning: A hole, as of a viper or a cavern, etc. Noble; splendor. White.

This name appears 16 times in 16 verses in the Bible…

  1. A son of Caleb (1 Chronicles 2:19, 50; 4:1, 4; compare 2 Chronicles 1:5). His mother was Ephrath. He was the grandfather Bezaleel (Exodus 31:2; 35:30; 1 Chronicles 2:19) (son of Uri), the artisan in charge of the tabernacle’s construction (Exodus 38:22; 1 Chronicles 2:19, 50; 2 Chronicles 1:5).

  2. The husband of Miriam, Moses' sister (Exodus 17:10-12). He and Aaron were in charge of the people when Moses was absent on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 24:14). Inorder to defeat the soliders of Amalek during a battle, he held up one of Moses' hands at Rephidim (Exodus 17:10-12).

  3. One of the five princes/kings of Midian who were defeated and slain by the Israelites under the command of Phinehas (Numbers 31:8; Joshua 13:21). The other kings were Evi, Rekem, Zur, and Reba.

  4. father of Ben-Hur (1 Kings 4:8)

  5. the name of one of the son’s of of Judah

  6. The father of Rephaiah, one of the men in Nehemiah’s time who assisted in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3:9). Rephaiah was ruler of half of Jerusalem.

Author: Paul S. Taylor.