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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Gomer

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There are two Gomers in the Bible. One is a son of Japheth, son of Noah (Genesis 10:2), and the other one is the daughter of Diblaim and exacious wife of Hosea (Hosea 1:3). The first Gomer doesn't get a lot of Biblical screen time. Besides a mere note that he existed (in Genesis and repeated in 1 Chronicles 1:5), he's only mentioned once more, in Ezekiel 38:6, where his troops gather against Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.

The second Gomer is mentioned by name once, but plays a major role in the first three parts of the book of her unfortunate husband Hosea. Their eldest son is named Jezreel. Their daughter is named Lo-ruhamah. Their younger brother is named Lo-ammi (Hosea 1:4-9).

The name Gomer comes from the verb Gomer (gamar). This verb occurs only five times (all in the Psalms; 12:2, 77:9, 138:8, 7:10 & 57:3) and has the basic meaning of to complete, finish, but can also be used to indicate a sudden stop or termination.

For the meaning of the name Gomer, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Completion, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names renders Complete, Perfect.



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