🔼The name Jamlech: Summary
- Who He Makes King, He Will Be Made To Reign
- From the verb מלך (malak), to be or become king.
🔼The name Jamlech in the Bible
The one and only Jamlech in the Bible is mentioned in a genealogy of Simeon as a family leader (1 Chronicles 4:34).
🔼Etymology of the name Jamlech
The name Jamlech is an active form of the verb מלך (malak), meaning to be or become king:
The noun מלך (melek) means king, and a king is not merely a glorified tribal chief but the alpha of a complex, stratified society, implying a court and a complex government.
The Bible insists that a society must be governed by a triad of anointed sovereigns, namely prophets, priests and the king. A good king causes his people to be prosperous and peaceful whereas a bad one causes poverty and strife. The difference between the two is dictated by how close to the Law of Nature (a.k.a. the Word of God) the king operates. A kingdom that is wholly in tune with the Law consists of only sovereign individuals and is thus without a physical king.
An Aramaic cognate verb מלך (malak) means to consult, which confirms that the concept of royalty indeed evolved from wisdom and intellectual prowess rather than brute physical or political strength, as is commonly suggested.
From this noun derives the verb מלך (malak): to be or become king, the nouns מלכה (malka) and מלכת (meleket): queen or court-lady, the noun מלוכה (meluka): kingship or royalty, and the nouns מלכות (malkut), ממלכה (mamlaka) and ממלכות (mamlakut), meaning sovereignty or kinghood.
For a meaning of the name Jamlech, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Who He (God) Makes King. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar He Will Be Made To Reign.