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Which child's name means "the glory has departed from Israel": Ichabod or Abner?




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Answer: Ichabod

In Hebrew the name Abner means "my father is a light." Abner was Saul's cousin and the commander of his army.

In Hebrew Ichabod means "inglorious," which derives from the Hebrew ka-vod , glory.

According to 1 Samuel 4:17: And he that brought the tidings answered and said: 'Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.'

4:18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he [Eli] fell from off his seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck broke, and he died; for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

4:19 And his daughter-in-law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered; and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and brought forth; for her pains came suddenly upon her.

4:20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her: 'Fear not; for thou hast brought forth a son.' But she answered not, neither did she regard it.

4:21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying: 'The glory is departed from Israel'; because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband.


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