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Chilion meaning

כליון
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🔼The name Chilion in the Bible

There's only one Chilion in the Bible, and he features in the harrowing story of Naomi and Ruth (Ruth 1:2).

Because of a local famine, Naomi and Elimelech of Bethlehem and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion move to Moab. Soon, however, Elimelech dies and Naomi is left with her two sons. Mahlon marries Ruth and Chilion marries Orpah, both Moabite women, and they live in Moab for about ten years. Then Mahlon and Chilion too pass away.

Word reaches Naomi that food has returned to Israel, and she decides to return home. She instructs her daughters-in-law to go back to their own parents; Chilion's widow Orpah complies but Mahlon's widow Ruth doesn't. She chooses to emigrate to Naomi's country, where she meets and marries Boaz of Bethlehem. Ruth and Boaz become the ancestors of David and finally Jesus the Nazarene, while Orpah quietly exits the Biblical stage and is heard from no more.

🔼Etymology of the name Chilion

The name Chilion is not very cheerful. It's spelled the same way as and pronounced slightly different from the noun כליון (killayon), meaning failing or annihilation, derived from the verb כלה (kala), meaning to come to an end:

🔼Chilion meaning

For a meaning of the name Chilion, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Wasting Away and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Pining, Consuming. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name.

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