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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary


1. Manasseh's oldest son (Joshua 17:1), or probably his only son (see 1 Chronicles 7:14, 15; comp. 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).

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 Samuel 9:4), and where he afterwards gave shelter to David himself when he was a fugitive (17:27).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

selling; knowing

Naves Topical Index

1. One of the sons of Manasseh:

General references
Genesis 50:23

Father of the Machirites
Numbers 26:29; Numbers 36:1

The land of Gilead allotted to
Numbers 32:39-40; Deuteronomy 3:15; Joshua 13:31

Certain cities of Bashan given to
Joshua 13:31; Joshua 17:1

2. A man of Lo-Debar who took care of Jonathan's lame son, Mephibosheth
2 Samuel 9:4-5; 2 Samuel 17:27

Smith's Bible Dictionary


  1. The eldest son, (Joshua 17:1) of the patriarch Manasseh by an Aramite or Syrian concubine. (1 Chronicles 7:14) At the time of the conquest the family of Machir had become very powerful, and a large part of the country on the east of Jordan was subdued by them. (Numbers 32:39; 3:15)
  2. The son of Ammiel, a powerful sheikh of one of the transjordanic tribes, who rendered essential service to the cause of Saul and of David successively. (2 Samuel 9:4,5; 17:27-29)

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Machirites, the

the descendants of Machir the father of Gilead. (Numbers 26:29)