🔼The name Kemuel in the Bible
The name Kemuel is assigned three times in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Kemuel
The name Kemuel is a compilation of two elements, the final one being אל, the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
The first part is a bit of a mystery. Both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names follow the venerable theologian W. Gesenius, who derived this name from an unused Hebrew root that may or may not have been similar in meaning to an Arabic verb meaning to gather together, or to collect. Both NOBSE and Jones translate the name Kemuel with Congregation Of God.
That may or may not be the original meaning of the original name, but to any Hebrew audience, it would have sounded like a compilation of the word אל and an expression of the root-verb קום (qum), meaning to rise up or stand:
Perhaps the name Kemuel means Congregation Of God, as Gesenius proposed. But perhaps it more so brought to mind the word קמה (qama), meaning standing grain, and the idea of a human harvest, such as reflected in Matthew 9:37, and means God's Grain. But perhaps it reminded a Hebrew audience of the verb קום in general and was interpreted as God's Rising, denoting God's defense of people, or a campaign against evil.