| Merari, Merarites
In Bible versions:
son of Zerahiah; chief priest Meraioth I
a chief priest, Meraioth II; son of Ahitub III
a priest at the close of the exile (YC)
son of Uriah the priest
a layman of the Bani Clan who put away his heathen wife
priest leader of some who returned from exile with Zerubbabel
bitterness; rebellious; changing
bitterness; myrrh of death
Meraioth = "rebellious"
1) grandfather of Ahitub, descendant of Eleazar the son of Aaron, and
the head of a priestly house
2) son of Ahitub, father of Zadok, descendant of Eleazar the son of
Aaron, and the head of a priestly house
3) head of a family of priests represented by Helkai in the time of
Joiakim, the son of Jeshua
4812 Mrayowth mer-aw-yohth'
plural of 4811; rebellious; Merajoth, the name of two
see HEBREW for 04811
Meremoth = "elevations"
1) a priest, son of Uriah of the family of Koz active in rebuilding
the wall of Jerusalem and in the 7th course of temple service in
the time of Ezra and Nehemiah
2) a priest in the time of Zerubbabel
3) a returning exile of the family of Bani who had a foreign wife in
the time of Ezra
4822 Mremowth mer-ay-mohth'
plural from 7311; heights; Meremoth, the name of two
see HEBREW for 07311
exaltations, heights, a priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Neh. 12:3), to whom were sent the sacred vessels (Ezra 8:33) belonging to the temple. He took part in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem (Neh. 3:4).
1. A priest who was appointed to weigh and register gold and silver vessels brought to Jerusalem, Ezra 8:33
; Neh. 3:4
2. A Jew who divorced his Gentile wife after the captivity, Ezra 10:36
3. A priest who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah, Neh. 10:5
- Son of Uriah or Urijah the priest, of the family of Koz or Hakkoz, the head of the seventh course of priests as established by David. In (Ezra 8:33) Meremoth is appointed to weigh and register the gold and silver vessels belonging to the temple. In the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem under Nehemiah we find Meremoth taking an active part. (Nehemiah 3:4)
- A layman of the sons of Bani, who had married a foreign wife. (Ezra 10:36)
- A priest, or more probably a family of priests, who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah. (Nehemiah 10:5)
- me-ra'-yoth, me-ri'-oth (merayoth): The name varies much in the Greek.
(1) A Levite, a descendant of Aaron (1 Ch 6:6 f; Ezr 7:3), called "Memeroth" in 1 Esdras 8:2; and "Marimoth" in 2 Esdras 1:2.
(2) The son of Ahitub and father of Zadok (1 Ch 9:11).
(3) A priestly house of which, in the days of Joiakim, Helkai was head (Neh 12:15). In Neh 12:3 the name is given as "Meremoth."
- mer'-e-moth, me-re'-moth (meremoth, "heights"; Mereimoth):
(1) Son of Uriah (Ezr 8:33), who was head of the 7th course of priests appointed by David (1 Ch 24:10, Hakkoz = Koz; compare Neh 3:4,21). The family of Koz were among those unable to prove their pedigree on the return from Babylon, and were therefore deposed as polluted (Ezr 2:61,62). Meremoth's division of the family must, however, have been scatheless, for he is employed in the temple after the return as weigher of the gold and the vessels (Ezr 8:33), a function reserved for priests alone (Ezr 8:24-28). He takes a double part in the reconstruction under Nehemiah, first as a builder of the wall of the city (Neh 3:4), then as a restorer of that part of the temple abutting on the house of Eliashib the priest (Neh 3:21); "Marmoth" in 1 Esdras 8:62.
(2) A member of the house of Bani, and, like so many of that house, among those who married and put away foreign wives (Ezr 10:36). He seems to be named Carabasion (!) in the corresponding list of 1 Esdras 9:34.
(3) The name occurs in Neh 10:5 among those who "seal the covenant" with Nehemiah (Neh 10:1). It may there be the name of an individual (in which case there were 4 of the name), or it may be a family name. Certainly a "Meremoth" came back under Zerubbabel 100 years before (Neh 12:3), and the signatory in question may be either a descendant of the same name or a family representative. The name recurs later in the same list (Neh 12:15) as "Meraioth" through a scribal error confusing the two Hebrew letters yodh (y) and cholem (o) for mem (m). A comparison of Neh 12:1-3 and 12:12-15 shows clearly that it is the same person. Note that in 12:15 "Helkai" is the name of the contemporary leader.
(4) For Meremoth (1 Esdras 8:2 the King James Version).