🔼The name Mallothi: Summary
- I Have Uttered
- From the verb מלל (malal), to utter.
🔼The name Mallothi in the Bible
There's only one Mallothi in the Bible and he's mentioned twice. Mallothi is one of the fourteen sons of the famous musician Heman, who worked in the tabernacle service under king David (1 Chronicles 25:4). Secondary duties were assigned by means of lots, and Mallothi and his family caught the nineteenth lot (1 Chronicles 25:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Mallothi
The name Mallothi is a first person singular form of the verb מלל (malal), but probably in the meaning of to say or utter:
The root מלל (malal) relates to the cycle of harvest, storage and redistribution. Various derivative forms emphasize the various stages: the severing of something from its natural origin, or its subsequent storage in dedicated facilities, or the redistribution or overflowing from those facilities.
Verb מלל (malal) may be used to mean to utter or say (and the speaking of the mouth equals the overflowing of the heart). Noun מלה (milla') describes an uttering. Noun מלילה (melila) describes an ear of wheat.
This verb may also emphasize the languishing and withering of whatever was cut off, in which case it has a more common by-form, namely אמל ('amal). Adjectives אמלל ('amelal) and אמלל ('umlal) both mean feeble.
This verb may also be used to mean to circumcise, in which case it has a more common by-form, namely מול (mul). This latter verb comes with a second by-form, namely מהל (mahal), which actually mostly means to weaken.
The verb מלא (male') means to be full, speaking mostly of a storage facility that's been filled with whatever was extracted from the land that produced it. It may also describe a river that's overflowing, or a person who acts from the contents of his heart. Nouns מלא (male') and מלאה (mele'a) mean fullness.
Nouns מלאה (millu'a) and מלאת (mille't) denote the filling of gold with jewels and nouns מלא (millu') and מלוא (millu') describe a setting or installing of monumental stones or the ordination of priests.
For a meaning of the name Mallothi, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads I Have Talked, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has I Speak, and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes I Have Uttered.