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Meaning: Father of nobleness; i.e., "noble."

  1. 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 (1Sam 7:1). It remained there twenty years, till it was at length removed by David (1Sam 7:1; 1Chr 13:7).
  2. The second of the eight sons of Jesse (1Sam 16:8). He was with Saul in the campaign against the Philistines in which Goliath was slain (1Sam 17:13).
  3. One of Saul's sons, who peristed with his father in the battle of Gilboa (1Sam 31:2; 1Chr 10:2).
  4. 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 Kg 4:11).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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