Meremoth

MEREMOTH (mĕr'ē-mŏth, Heb. merēmôth, elevations)

A priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Neh.12.3).One who returned with Ezra in 457 b.c. and who weighed silver and gold that had been brought back. He was the son of Uriah, a priest of Israel (Ezra.8.33). He helped Nehemiah to rebuild the wall (Neh.3.4, Neh.3.21). (This may possibly be two persons.)One who had taken a foreign wife (Ezra.10.36).A priest who signed the covenant with Nehemiah (Neh.10.5).


MEREMOTH mĕr’ ə mŏth (מְרֵמֹ֖ות, LXX Μαρειμώθ, Μερειμώθ, Μεραμώθ, Μαρεμώθ, meaning uncertain). Seems to be connected with the root which means loftiness or haughtiness. A postexilic masculine personal name.

1. Nehemiah 12:3, in the LXX text (see 2 Esd 22:3, MS א), from the time of Zerubbabel named Mareimoth (cf. Meraioth in the Heb.).

2. Ezra 8:33 mentions a son of Uriah, Meremoth the priest, who weighed the silver and gold brought by Ezra and his company from Babylon. The same Meremoth repaired walls adjacent to the house of one Eliashib (Neh 3:4, 21).

3. Nehemiah 10:5 mentions a Meremoth as a priest who set his seal to Nehemiah’s covenant. He is prob. number 2 above.

4. Ezra 10:36 lists a Meremoth as one who had taken a strange (foreign) wife.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

mer’-e-moth, me-re’-moth (meremoth, "heights"; Mereimoth):


(2) A member of the house of Bani, and, like so many of that house, among those who married and put away foreign wives (Ezr 10:36). He seems to be named Carabasion (!) in the corresponding list of 1 Esdras 9:34.

(3) The name occurs in Ne 10:5 among those who "seal the covenant" with Nehemiah (Ne 10:1). It may there be the name of an individual (in which case there were 4 of the name), or it may be a family name. Certainly a "Meremoth" came back under Zerubbabel 100 years before (Ne 12:3), and the signatory in question may be either a descendant of the same name or a family representative. The name recurs later in the same list (Ne 12:15) as "Meraioth" through a scribal error confusing the two Hebrew letters yodh (y) and cholem (o) for mem (m). A comparison of Ne 12:1-3 and 12:12-15 shows clearly that it is the same person. Note that in 12:15 "Helkai" is the name of the contemporary leader.

(4) For Meremoth (1 Esdras 8:2 the King James Version).

See Memeroth.