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Meaning and etymology of the name Haggith

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There's one Haggith in the Bible and she isn't very fortunate. She is one of Israel's king David's lesser known wives (2 Samuel 3:4) and her son is called Adonijah. Adonijah, very pretty but not very clever, plots against his elderly father for the kingdom, while this was promised and subsequently given to Solomon (1 Kings 1:5, 43). Adonijah gets fiercely scared but is mercifully pardoned by Solomon. But when Adonijah has his mother Haggith ask Solomon's mother Bathsheba for the hand of the beautiful Abishag, the "nurse" of the deceased king David, he's really done it, and Solomon has him assassinated by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada (2:25).

Haggith comes from the verb hagag (hagag), meaning to celebrate, hold a feast. See the name Haggai for a closer look at this verb. The noun hag (hag) means feast.

For the meaning of this name Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Exultation but points at the name Haggai, which he translates with Festival Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBS Study Bible Name List both read Festal. The name Haggith is the feminine form of the names Haggai, Haggi and Haggiah.



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