“Sold. (1.) Manasseh’s oldest son (Josh. 17:1), or probably his” “only son (see 1 Chr. 7:14, 15; comp. Num. 26:29-33; Josh.” 13:31). His descendants are referred to under the name of “Machirites, being the offspring of Gilead (Num. 26:29). They” “settled in land taken from the Amorites (Num. 32:39, 40; Deut.” “3:15) by a special enactment (Num. 36:1-3; Josh. 17:3, 4). He is” once mentioned as the representative of the tribe of Manasseh east of Jordan (Judg. 5:14). “(2.) 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 Sam. 9:4), and where he afterwards” gave shelter to David himself when he was a fugitive (17:27).

Definition of Machir: “selling; knowing”

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