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Dibri meaning

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🔼The name Dibri in the Bible

The name Dibri occurs only one time in the Bible, in the harrowing story of the boy who cursed the Name (Leviticus 24:11).

The unnamed son of an Egyptian man and Shelomith, an Israelite woman, daughter of a Danite named Dibri, cursed the Name (of the Lord: YHWH) and was placed in custody. The Lord Himself passed judgment on this boy: he was to be taken out of the camp and whoever had heard him curse the Name had to lay their hands on his head (which is usually a sign of blessing) and then stone him to death.

Cursing the Name is of course a violation of the stipulation made in the Ten Commandments not to do so (Exodus 20:7). Also note that cursing the Name is pretty much equated with murdering another human being (Leviticus 24:17).

🔼Etymology of the name Dibri

The name Dibri comes from the verb דבר (dabar), meaning to speak or pronounce a message:

The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (wordy or belonging to the word), a possessive form (my word), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

🔼Dibri meaning

For a meaning of the name Dibri, most scholars take the final י (yod) to be an adjective-maker. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Loquacious, Wordy, and the renowned theologian Gesenius proposes Eloquent.

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) takes our name from דבר as well but interprets this verb rather liberally with to promise. In the final י (yod) Jones sees a "sign of the Divine name". Hence Jones translates our name with Promise, and adds "of the Lord".

BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret this name.

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