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A description given to one of David’s mighty men, Elie (1 Chr 11:46). The meaning of the phrase is unknown.
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MAHAVITE, THE [Heb hammaḥăwı̂m (הַמַּחֲוִים)]. A gentilic modifying Eliel, who is listed among David’s “mighty men” (1 Chr 11:46). See ELIEL #4. This listing of David’s military forces, beginning in 1 Chr 11:10, evidences the accumulating support that David received prior to his ascent of the throne.
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MA´HAVITE (maʹha-vīt). Apparently a partial designation of Eliel, one of David’s guards (1 Chron. 11:46). Because no place or person called Mahavah, or Mahavai, is anywhere else alluded to from which the title could have been derived, a corruption in the text is supposed. Bertheaw suggests that it should
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