The name Obed-edom in the Bible
- A gatekeeper (1 Chronicles 26:8).
- A Levitical musician (1 Chronicles 16:5).
- A guardian of the sacred vessels (2 Chronicles 25:24).
Etymology of the name Obed-edom
The name Obed-edom obviously consists of two separate elements:
The first part of the name Obed-edom comes from the root עבד (abad), meaning servant or to serve:
The second part of the name Obed-edom comes from the root אדם ('dm), meaning either mankind or ruddy, or refers to Edom:
The name Obed-edom entirely translated becomes Servant Of The Red One, but for a meaning of the name Obed-edom, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Servant Of Edom, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Serving Edom.