🔼The name Imna: Summary
- He Keeps Back, He Withholds.
- From the verb מנע (mana'), to withhold or keep back.
🔼The name Imna in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Imna
The name Imna comes from the verb מנע (mana'), meaning to withhold or keep back:
The verb מנע (mana') means to withhold, keep back or refrain. It has no extant derivations.
The letter י (yod) with which our name begins is due to a common grammatical construction that makes the verb active: he will mana'. But this future form usually corresponds with a regular present tense in English.
For a meaning of the name Imna, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads He Keeps Back. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes He (God) Will Retain. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does confirm that it derives from the verb מנע (mana').