🔼The name Maoch: Summary
- From the verb מעך (ma'ak), to press of squeeze.
🔼The name Maoch in the Bible
The name Maoch occurs only once in the Bible. Maoch is the father of king Achish of Gath (who is also known as Maacah — 1 Kings 2:39), to whose court David flees after he ostentatiously demonstrated the failing security around king Saul (1 Samuel 27:2). David fled to king Achish, son of Maoch, together with six hundred men and his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelitess, and remained under his protection in the city of Ziklag for sixteen months (1 Samuel 27:7).
🔼Etymology of the name Maoch
The name Maoch comes from the verb מעך (ma'ak), meaning to press of squeeze:
The verb מעך (ma'ak) means to press or squeeze. It's used a mere three times in the Old Testament.
For a meaning of the name Maoch, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Oppression. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of the name Maoch but does list it under the verb מעך (ma'ak), meaning to press of squeeze.