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Lebaoth meaning

לבאות

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🔼The name Lebaoth in the Bible

The name Lebaoth occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a city that came to be situated in the territory allotted the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:32). The tribe of Simeon was assigned a number of cities in Judah to occupy, among which Beth-lebaoth (Joshua 19:6). Since a city named Beth-lebaoth isn't listed among the cities of Judah, scholars generally assume that Beth-lebaoth is the same as Lebaoth.

The Chronicler also lists the towns of Simeon but changes the names slightly for reasons we can now only guess at. No Lebaoth or Beth-lebaoth is mentioned in Chronicles but we do find a Beth-biri, which is probably again the same city.

🔼Etymology of the name Lebaoth

The name Lebaoth is a feminine plural of the noun לבי (lebi), meaning lioness:

🔼Lebaoth meaning

The name Lebaoth means Lionesses, but if Gesenius is right and the verb לבא (lb') was designed to imitate the roaring of a lion, Lebaoth rather means Roarings.