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Ahlai meaning

אחלי
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🔼The name Ahlai in the Bible

Most sources will state that Ahlai is a male's name only, and occurs twice, namely as the father of Zabad, one of king David's might men (1 Chronicles 11:41), and as the son of Sheshan (1 Chronicles 2:31). But the word ben, usually meaning son, may also be used to indicate general offspring, including daughters (see the name Ben). In 1 Chronicles 2:34 it says that Sheshan had no sons, only daughters, and so this Ahlai must be female.

🔼Etymology of the name Ahlai

The name Ahlai is proposed to come from an unused root אחל ('hl):

All and all it's pretty safe to conclude that the name Ahlai expresses a heartfelt wish.

🔼Ahlai meaning

In an attempt to translate this name, BDB Theological Dictionary reads O! Would That!. NOBSE Study Bible Name List has the similar O Would That!. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers the positively cryptic Oh That! Would To God!

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