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Maacah, Maachah

MAACAH, MAACHAH (mā'a-ka, Heb. ma‘ăkhâh, oppression). 1. Son of Nahor, brother of Abraham, by his concubine Reumah (Gen.22.24).

2. A wife of David and the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; she became the mother of Absalom (2Sam.3.3; 1Chr.3.2).

3. The father of Achish, king of Gath, in Solomon’s time (1Kgs.2.39).

4. The favorite wife of Rehoboam, and the mother of Abijam (2Chr.11.20-2Chr.11.22). She is said to be the daughter of Absalom (2Chr.11.20; 1Kgs.15.2), but Absalom had only one daughter, whose name was Tamar (2Sam.14.27). The mother of Abijam, Micaiah (Maacah), is said to be the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah (2Chr.13.2); probably she was the granddaughter of Absalom. She outlived Abijam and was queen during the reign of her grandson Asa, until he deposed her for making an idol (1Kgs.15.10, 1Kgs.15.13; 2Chr.15.16).

5. A concubine of Caleb, son of Hezron (1Chr.2.48).

6. Sister of Huppim and Shuppim, and wife of Machir, the son of Manasseh (1Chr.7.14-1Chr.7.16).

7. The wife of Jeiel, the founder of Gibeon (1Chr.8.29; 1Chr.9.35).

8. The father of Hanan, one of David’s mighty men (1Chr.11.43).

9. The father of Shephatiah, the overseer of the tribe of Simeon in David’s reign (1Chr.27.16).

10. A small country on the edge of the Syrian desert north of Gilead. The Ammonites hired a thousand men of the king of this nation to assist them in fighting against David. In the battle, the Ammonites and their helpers were put to rout and the Arameans fled (2Sam.10.6-2Sam.10.14; Aram Maacah in 1Chr.19.6). David defeated them and they became subservient to him (2Sam.10.18-2Sam.10.19).