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Easton's Bible Dictionary


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  • Manasseh's oldest son (Joshua 17:1 ), or probably his only son (see 1 Chronicles 7:14,15; 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 32:39,40; Deuteronomy 3:15 ) by a special enactment (Numbers 36:1-3; Joshua 17:3,4 ). 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).

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

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Machir'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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