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Mezahab meaning

מי זהב
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🔼The name Mezahab in the Bible

It's not clear whether the name Mezahab belongs to a man or a woman in the Bible. It occurs only in one context, namely in the detail that king Hadad's (or Hadar's) wife was Mehetabel, daughter of Matred, daughter of Mezahab (Genesis 36:39, 1 Chronicles 1:50).

Since the other two names of this micro-genealogy are feminine, some scholars assume that Mezahab was a woman too. Traditionally, however, genealogies tend to end up in a male ancestor, preferably an important ancestor.

🔼Etymology of the name Mezahab

The name Mezahab, or rather Me-zahab, consists of two elements. The first element is the noun מים (mayim), meaning water(s), used in its construct form:

The second part of our name is the noun זהב (zahab), meaning gold:

🔼Mezahab meaning

For a meaning of the name Mezahab, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Waters Of Gold. But NOBSE deems Mezahab a feminine name, whereas Jones thinks it's a masculine name.

BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate Mezahab but does list it under the noun מים (mayim), meaning water(s).

Note that this name occurs in the narrative of Exodus 32:24 as the phrase למי זהב, meaning "whoever has gold".

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