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Abihail

In Bible versions:

Abihail: NET AVS NIV NRSV NASB TEV
a Levite in Moses' time
wife of Abishur of the tribe of Judah;
the son of Huri of the tribe of Gad
a woman; King David's niece and Rehoboam's wife
the father of Queen Esther and Uncle of Mordecai, a Benjamite

the father of strength

Hebrew

Strongs #032: lyhyba 'Abiyhayil or (more correctly) lyxyba 'Abiychayil

Abihail = "my father is might"

1) a Levite in Moses's time
2) a Gadite
3) father of Esther
4) wife of Abishur
5) wife of Rehoboam

32 'Abiyhayil ab-ee-hah'-yil

or (more correctly) hAbiychayil {ab-ee- khah'-yil}; from 1
and 2428; father (i.e. possessor) of might; Abihail or
Abichail, the name of three Israelites and two
Israelitesses:-Abihail.
see HEBREW for 02428

Abihail [EBD]

father of might. (1.) Num. 3:35. (2.) 1 Chr. 2:29. (3.) 1 Chr. 5:14.

(4.) The second wife of King Rehoboam (2 Chr. 11:18), a descendant of Eliab, David's eldest brother.

(5.) The father of Esther and uncle of Mordecai (Esther 2:15).

Abihail [NAVE]

ABIHAIL
1. Father of Esther, Esth. 2:15.
2. The second wife of Rehoboam, 2 Chr. 11:18, 19.
3. Father of Zuriel, Num. 3:35.
4. Wife of Abishur, 1 Chr. 2:29.

ABIHAIL [SMITH]

(father of , i.e. possessing, strength).
  1. Father of Zuriel, chief of the Levitical father of Merari, a contemporary of Moses. (Numbers 3:35) (B.C. 1490.)
  2. Wife of Abishur. (1 Chronicles 2:29)
  3. Son of Huri, of the tribe of Gad. (1 Chronicles 5:14)
  4. Wife of Rehoboam. She is called the daughter, i.e. descendant, of Eliab, the elder brother of David. (2 Chronicles 11:18) (B.C. 972.)
  5. Father of Esther and uncle of Mordecai. (Esther 2:15; 9:29)

ABIHAIL [ISBE]

ABIHAIL - ab'-i-hal ('abhichayil; in some manuscripts 'abhihayil, when feminine, but best reading is the former: "father, or cause, of strength"): Five persons in the Old Testament are called by this name: (1) A Levite and the father of Zuriel, who in the Wilderness was head of the house of Merari, Levi's youngest son (Nu 3:35); (2) The wife of Abishur, a man of the tribe of Judah, in the line of Hazron and Jerahmeel (1 Ch 2:29); (3) One of the heads of the tribe of Gad, who dwelt in Gilead of Bashan (1 Ch 5:14); (4) Either a wife of Rehoboam, king of Judah, or mother of his wife Mahalath, according to the interpretation of the text (2 Ch 11:18); probably the latter view is correct, since there is no conjunction in the text, and since (2 Ch 11:19) contemplates only one wife as already mentioned. This being true, she was the wife of Jerimath, a son of David, and daughter of Eliab, David's eldest brother. It is interesting to note this frequent intermarriage in the Davidic house; (5) Father of Queen Esther, who became wife of Xerxes (Biblical Ahasuerus) king of Persia, after the removal of the former queen, Vashti, (Est 2:15; 9:29). He was uncle of Mordecai.

Edward Mack




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