🔼The name Adlai: Summary
- Yah Is Just, Justice Of The Lord
- From (1) the verb עדל ('dl), to be just or act equitable, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Adlai in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Adlai
The name Adlai consists of two elements. The final yod should probably be regarded as a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of the name Adlai comes from the rarely used root group עדל ('dl):
There's no Hebrew verb עדל ('dl) preserved in the Bible but its Arabic cognate means to act equitably or be just, whereas its Assyrian cognate means to be a hero. A second Arabic verb עדל ('dl) means to turn aside or flee.
BDB Theological Dictionary lists the name Adlai under עדל I and treats the root but doesn't translate the name. For a meaning of the name Adlai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is Just, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Justice Of The Lord