Mephibosheth (Mi-fib´oh-sheth)

An intentionally distorted form of the original name Mippi-baal (Heb., “out of the mouth of Baal”). Baal, which means “lord,” was used as a simple epithet for God, but because the epithet was also used for a major Canaanite deity, later scribes often replaced this element in proper names with the word bosheth, “shame.” Two men in the Bible bear this name. 1 A son of Saul whom David handed over to the Gibeonites for execution (2Sam 21:8-9). 2 A son of Jonathan (and grandson of Saul), whom David spared because of his covenant with Jonathan (2Sam 4:4; 2Sam 21:7); but in (1Chr 8:34; 1Chr 9:40), the name of Jonathan’s son is given as Meribbaal).

2Sam 21:8-9

8The king took the two sons of Rizpah daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Merab daughter of Saul, whom she bo ... View more

2Sam 4:4

4Saul's son Jonathan had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him ... View more

2Sam 21:7

7But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Saul's son Jonathan, because of the oath of the Lord that was between them, between David and Jonathan son of Saul ... View more

1Chr 8:34

34and the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal became the father of Micah.

1Chr 9:40

40and the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal became the father of Micah.

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