🔼The name Libni in the Bible
- A son of Gershom, one of three sons of Levi (Exodus 6:17, 1 Chronicles 6:17). It appears that this Libni was also known as Ladan (1 Chronicles 23:9). We don't know much about this Libni, but his progeny became known as the לבני (Libnites, which is spelled and pronounced identical to the name Libni; Numbers 3:21, Numbers 26:58).
- A son of Merari, also one of three sons of Levi. This second Libni is even more mysterious than the first one, and is mentioned only this once in the Bible.
🔼Etymology of the name Libni
The name Libni comes from the verb לבן (laben), meaning to be or become white:
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (white), a possessive form (my whiteness), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Libni, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads White, Pure. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names only has White. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret this name but does list it under the verb לבן (laben), meaning to be or become white.