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Meaning and etymology of the name Ebed-melech
The name Ebed-melech is assigned to only one man in the Bible but he's quite the hero. When Jeremiah the prophet announces the imminent destruction of Jerusalem, a group of royal officials has him thrown in a cistern, and this during a famine. The Cushite Ebed-melech is another official at the court of king Zedekiah, and he protests Jeremiah's effective execution with the king. The king allows Ebed-melech to rescue Jeremiah, and God awards Ebed-melech with survival of the Chaldean invasion (Jeremiah 38:7, 39:18).
and that something determines the kind of work that's done. When Jacob "works" Laban, he's not trying to change his mind but simply serving him
The masculine noun (ebed) meaning slave or servant;
The masculine noun (abad) means work.
The feminine noun (aboda) means labor or service;
The feminine noun (abudda) means service or the performance of household servants;
The feminine noun (abdut) means servitude, bondage;
The masculine noun (mabad) means work.
Other names derived of the verb abad are
However, in Nehemiah 5:7, occurs an alternate ussage of the root (malak), now with the meaning of to consult. According to BDB Theological Dictionary this verb is a loan word from Aramaic, and since the Chaldeans had more to do with Aram than with Israel, perhaps the melech part of Ebed-melech has more to do with counsel than with rule.
Thus Ebed-melech may mean Servant Counselor, or it may mean Slave Of the King (NOBS Study Bible Name List), Servant Of The King (BDB Theological Dictionary and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names).
Other names containing the word melech are
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