🔼The name Lo-debar in the Bible
Lo-debar is the name of a town in the area called Gilead in Manasseh. It's mentioned twice in the Bible; once as the hiding place of Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul (2 Samuel 9:4,5 — spelled לו דבר), and once as the origin of Machir who supplies David and his people when they are on the run from Absalom (2 Samuel 17:27 — spelled לא דבר).
🔼Etymology of the name Lo-debar
The name Lo-debar obviously consists of two parts. The Lo-part is a common particle of negation: no:
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The Debar-part is of the fruitful and much applied dabar-stock:
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Perhaps the name Lo-debar means Without Pasture (as is proposed by Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) but perhaps it means No Word, a derogatory name denoting lack of enlightenment or stupidity.