a lifting up, gift, one of the sons of Ishmael, the founder of an Arabian tribe ( Genesis 25:14 ); a nomad tribe inhabiting the Arabian desert toward Babylonia.
a burden; prophecy
mas'-a (massa', "burden"):
Descendant of Abraham through Ishmael (Genesis 25:14; 1 Chronicles 1:30). His people may be the Masani of Ptolemy, having Eastern Arabia near Babylon as their habitat. The marginal reading of the heading to Proverbs 31 mentions Lemuel as king of Massa. If that reading is accepted, it would seem that a tribe and probably a place were named from Ishmael's descendant. The reading is doubtful, however, for where the phrase recurs in Proverbs 30 (Revised Version (British and American)) it appears to be a gloss.
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