🔼The name Meshobab in the Bible
The name Meshobab occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of one of the family heads of the Israelite tribe of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:34). We don't know how he fits into the genealogy of Simeon, but he and his fellow clan leaders went to the "entrance of Gedor" (whatever that might be) and to the east side of their valley to seek pasture lands. They found wonderfully rich lands, and realized that they were standing on territory formerly owned by Hamites. During the reign of king Hezekiah of Judah, these men went to war against the Meunites and destroyed them and used their lands to herd their flocks (1 Chronicles 4:38-41).
🔼Etymology of the name Meshobab
The name Meshobab is a participle (of the kind that doubles the final consonant; hence the double ב (beth) at the end of our name), derived from the verb שוב (shub), meaning to turn back or to return:
For a meaning of the name Meshobab, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Restored. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Returning. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the verb שוב (shub).