The eldest son of Gershon, that is to say, the eponym of a principal family of Gershonite Levites, Ex 6:17; Nu 3:18; 1Ch 6:17,20. In 1Ch 6:29 [Heb. 14], perhaps owing to some dislocation of the text, the name appears as that of the eponym of a family of Merarites. The patronymic Libnites occurs in Nu 3:21; 26:58. Cf. Ladan.
2. Son of Mahli, and grandson of Merari. 1Ch 6:29.
1. The eldest son of Gershon the son of Levi,
and ancestor of the family of the Libnites. (B.C. after 1700.)
2. The son of Mahli or Mahali, son of Merari,
as the text at present stands. It is probable, however, that he is the same with the preceding, and that something has been omitted. Comp. ver.