🔼The name Ribai: Summary
- Contentious, Yah Strives
- From (1) the verb ריב (rib), to contend, and possibly (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Ribai in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Ribai
The name Ribai comes from the verb ריב (rib), meaning to contend:
The very common verb ריב (rib) means to strive or contend and ranges from a mere bickering to full scale combat. Noun ריב (rib) means strife, dispute or plea. Noun יריב (yarib) denotes an opponent or adversary. Noun מריבה (meriba) refers to a place or agent of strife or contention.
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (contentious), a possessive form (my strife), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Ribai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Strives. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Judgment Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name.