Genesis 19:37

37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moaba ; he is the father of the Moabites of today.

Read Genesis 19:37 Using Other Translations

And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab.He is the father of the Moabites to this day.
When the older daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Moab. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Moabites.

What does Genesis 19:37 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 19:37

And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab
As if it was "Meab", from the father, as Aben Ezra, and so Josephus, that is, which she had by her father; and she was so far from being ashamed that it might be known in time to come, she gave him this name. Hillerus F23 makes it to be a compound of (ba) and (abwm) , and to signify "going into", or "lying with a father", which still more notoriously points to her own action. Drusius has another derivation of the word, at least proposes it, and renders it "aqua patris"; "mo" in the Egyptian language signifying "water", which is sometimes used for seed, see ( Isaiah 48:1 ) : the same [is] the father of the Moabites unto this day;
a people that lived on the borders of the land of Canaan, often troublesome to the Israelites, and frequently spoken of in the Old Testament.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 Onomastic. Sacr. p. 414.
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