Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hazelelponi is remembered

The unusual and intriguing name Hazelelponi occurs just one time in the Bible, in 1 Chronicles 4:3: And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi.

We barely know who she was. We know she was a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, of the tribe of Judah, the daughter of Etam, sister of Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. That’s all.

We are not sure what her name means. Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon says it means “give shade, thou that turnest to me.” Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has “the shadow looking at me.” Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary has “sorrow of countenance.” All the Women of the Bible says it means either “Deliver me, O God who regardest me,” or “the deliverance of the God who regardeth me.” The “authorities” do not agree.

We are sure that God remembers her. We are sure because his word mentions her. We are sure because of the nature of God. The Lord knows all things. The Lord knoweth them that are his, and the very hairs of your head are all numbered. It is encouraging to find these little reminders of God knowing the otherwise unknown, and God remembering the otherwise unremembered.

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