🔼The name Azubah: Summary
- From the verb עזב (azab), to leave or abandon.
🔼The name Azubah in the Bible
There are three Azubahs mentioned in the Bible:
- One is a wife of Caleb the son of Hezron (1 Chronicles 2:18). The text seems to indicate that Azubah has sons, but they aren't mentioned and she dies in the next verse. It may very well be that Caleb's wives Azubah and Jerioth are mentioned as a single marital unit, from which sons come, but that Azubah is mentioned as the one who dies childless. Caleb subsequently marries Ephrath and she bears him Hur.
- The second Azubah is the daughter of Shilhi and the mother of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah (1 Kings 22:42).
- The third time the name Azubah occurs is in a small array of nicknames that the prophet Isaiah assigns to Zion and Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:4).
🔼Etymology of the name Azubah
The name Azubah comes from the Hebrew verb עזב (azab), meaning to leave or abandon:
The verb עזב ('azab) means to leave, forsake or lose. In the sense of leaving something in the care of someone else, it may even mean to entrust. Noun עזובה ('azuba) describes a forsaken place or desolation. Noun עזבון ('izzabon) appears to refer to wares or purchases; something "left" in the hands of the purchaser.
For a meaning of the name Azubah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Forsaken. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Deserted.