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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:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The Debar-part is of the fruitful and much applied dabar-stock:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Lo Debar meaning

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.

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