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Machir

Meaning: sold

This was the name of 2 related biblical men.

  1. Manasseh's oldest son (Josh. 17:1), or probably his only son (see 1 Chr. 7:14-15; compare Num. 26:29-33; Josh. 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; Deut. 3:15) by a special enactment (Num. 36:1-3; Josh. 17:3-4). He is once mentioned as the representative of the tribe of Manasseh east of Jordan (Judg. 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 (2 Sam. 9:4), and where he afterwards gave shelter to David himself when he was a fugitive (17:27)