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Meaning and etymology of the name Jalon

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The one and only Jalon mentioned in the Bible is one of four sons of a certain Ezrah (not the famous one) of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:17).

The name Jalon seems to be related to the Hebrew verb lun (lun), meaning to lodge or spend the night. Most famously, this verb is used when Lot invited his angelic visitors to spend the night (Genesis 19:2), but it also occurs in the scene where Jacob spends the night at Bethel (Genesis 28:11), and many other places in Scriptures. This verb yields two obvious derivatives, namely the masculine noun malon (malon), meaning a lodging place or inn (Genesis 42:27, Isaiah 10:29), and the feminine equivalent meluna (meluna) also meaning lodge or hut (Isaiah 1:8, 24:20).

For a meaning of the name Jalon, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Passing The Night. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers Abiding.

We don't know anything about the mother of Jalon, and why Ezrah would call his son "Spent The Night," the Bible leaves to our imagination.



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