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Rechab, Rechabites

RECHAB, RECHABITES re’ kăb, rĕk’ ə bīts (רֵכָ֗ב, רֵכָבִי, H8211; LXX ̔Ρηχάβ; meaning rider, charioteer, from root rkb to mount and ride. 1. A son of Rimmon, a Benjaminite from Beeroth. Together with his brother Baanah, the two guerilla captains treacherously murdered Ishbosheth, their king, and met with the due reward of their deed at David’s hands (2 Sam 4:2, 5, 6, 9). 2. The house of Rechab i.e. Rechabites, famous for their rules to abstain from wine, build no houses, sow no seed, plant no vineyard, but live in tents all their lives (Jer 35:6-8). a. Relationship to the Kenites. According to 1 Chronicles 2:55 certain Kenites “came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.” To interpret this text properly one should understand “Hammath” and “father.” First, Hammath may be a place name as well as a personal name because: (1) in this Judaite list (1 Chron 2-4) the names of clansmen are mentioned in such a way that they also become place names; but the wording of this text is s