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Meaning and etymology of the name Shimei
The name Shimei is among the most popular in the Bible. People named Shimei are: A son of Gershon (Exodus 6:17); a Benjaminite who pesters David (2 Samuel 16:5); A brother of David, mostly known as Shimea (2 am 21:21); A faithful follower of Solomon (1 Kings 1:8); Brother of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19); a Simeonite (1 Chronicles 4:26); A son of Merari (1 Chronicles 6:29); a Kohathite (1 Chronicles 6:42); A Benjaminite family head (1 Chronicles 8:21); A Gershonite family head (1 Chronicles 23:7); a Levite prophet-musician in David's time (1 Chronicles 25:3); Overseer of the vineyards under David (1 Chronicles 27:27); A Levite who helps to clean and purify the temple (2 Chronicles 29:14); A Levite second-treasurer during Hezekiah's reign (2 Chronicles 31:12); Ancestor of Mordechair (Est 2:5).
The name Shimei is derived from the verb (shama'), to hear, listen, obey. This verb is used over a thousand times in the Bible, often in the regular way of hearing something, but also in the sense of to obey someone, understand something or examine something. Derivations are: (shema'), sound; (shema'), report; (shoma'), news, fame; (shemu'a), news, rumor; (hashma'ut), communication; (mishma), rumor; (mishma'at), subject (obeyer), body guard.
The name Shimei may mean Sound, Report, News, Fame. NOBS Study Bible Name List derives from the latter and reads Renown. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Famous.
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