🔼The name Ibleam in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Ibleam
The name Ibleam is the name Balaam treated as a verb and made active: "He Will Balaam". The etymology of Balaam isn't certain but most probably both names consists of two parts. The first part seems to have been derived from the verb בלע (bala'), meaning to swallow:
On the other hand, we can't be sure whether Ibleam was formed after Bileam or vice versa. If Ibleam was first, then the first part of both names may have been derived of the root-verb יבל (yabal), meaning to bring or lead:
The second part of the name Ibleam probably comes from the noun עם ('im), meaning people:
NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads for Destroyer Of The People for Balaam and He Destroys The People for Ibleam. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Destruction Of The People for Balaam and Devouring The People for Ibleam.
But, as shown above, the name Ibleam may also be interpreted as The People Flow Forth.