Machir [N] [H] [S]


  • Manasseh's oldest son ( Joshua 17:1 ), or probably his only son (see 1 Chronicles 7:14 1 Chronicles 7:15 ; Compare Numbers 26:29-33 ; Joshua 13:31 ). His descendants are referred to under the name of Machirites, being the offspring of Gilead ( Numbers 26:29 ). They settled in land taken from the Amorites ( Numbers 32:39 Numbers 32:40 ; Deuteronomy 3:15 ) by a special enactment ( Numbers 36:1-3 ; Joshua 17:3 Joshua 17:4 ). He is once mentioned as the representative of the tribe of Manasseh east of Jordan ( Judges 5:14 ).

  • A descendant of the preceding, residing at Lo-debar, where he maintained Jonathan's son Mephibosheth till he was taken under the care of David ( 2 Samuel 9:4 ), and where he afterwards gave shelter to David himself when he was a fugitive ( 17:27 ).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Machir". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .