🔼The name Kishion: Summary
- Hardness, Hard Place
- From the verb קשה (qasha), to be hard or severe.
🔼The name Kishion in the Bible
The name Kishion belongs to a town in the territory of Issachar (Joshua 19:20), which was subsequently assigned to the Gershonite Levites (Joshua 21:28). In 1 Chronicles 6:72 this town is called Kedesh, and the Levite benefactors are called sons of Gershom (1 Chronicles 6:71).
🔼Etymology of the name Kishion
The name Kishion comes from the verb קשה (qasha), meaning to be hard or severe:
The verb קשה (qasha) means to be hard or severe (of a fate or burden). Adjective קשה (qasheh) means hard, severe or stubborn. Noun קשי (qeshi) means stubbornness. The noun מקשה (miqsheh) appears to describe a stylish coiffure and noun מקשה (miqsha) describes hammered metal work.
The ון upon which our name ends is a common construction to personify or localize the root.
For a meaning of the name Kishion, all sources go with the verb קשה (qasha), meaning to be hard or severe. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Hardness. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) takes the ון-extension to be an intensifier and reads Very Hard. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't interpret our name but does list it under קשה.