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Bible Names H-M: Mahlon


Mahlon and Chilion in Wikipedia Mahlon and Chilion were two brothers mentioned in the Book of Ruth. They were the sons of Elimelech of the tribe of Joseph and his wife Naomi. Together with their parents, they settled in the land of Moab during the period of the Israelite Judges. Mahlon married the Moabite woman Ruth while Chilion married Orpah (according to the Midrash, Ruth's sister). Elimelech and his sons all died in Moab, leaving Naomi, Ruth and Orpah widowed. Naomi returns to Israel, but advises her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab; while Orpah takes the advice, Ruth chooses to stay with Naomi and convert to Judaism. In Israel, she then takes part in levirate marriage-- -marrying a relative of Mahlon's, an act which will ensure that Mahlon's name is not forgotten, as any child she has will be considered as if it were Mahlon's child. She marries Boaz, and her child, Obed (biologically Boaz's but counted as if Mahlon's), becomes the paternal grandfather of King David.

Mahlon in Easton's Bible Dictionary sickly, the elder of Elimelech the Bethlehemite's two sons by Naomi. He married Ruth and died childless (Ruth 1:2, 5; 4:9, 10), in the land of Moab.

Mahlon in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Ruth's first husband (Rth 1:2; Rth 1:5; Rth 4:9). An Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, son of Elimelech and Naomi. Mahlon died in Moab childless, a judgment says the Targum for his marrying a Moabitess.

Mahlon in Naves Topical Bible -A son of Naomi, and the first husband of Ruth Ru 1:2,5; 4:9,10

Mahlon in Smiths Bible Dictionary (sick) the first husband of Ruth; son of Eiimelech and Naomi. Ru 1:2,5; 4:9,10 comp. 1Sam 17:12

Mahlon in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE ma'-lon (machlon, "invalid"): Ruth's first husband (Ruth 12,5; 4:9,10). In the latter passage is further evidence of the unwillingness to allow a family connection or inheritance to drop (see MAHLAH; MAHLI). Note that David's descent and that of his "Greater Son" come through Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 4:22).

Mahlon Scripture - Ruth 1:2 And the name of the man [was] Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

Mahlon Scripture - Ruth 1:5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Mahlon Scripture - Ruth 4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye [are] witnesses this day.

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