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Shelomith (Shelomoth)

Meaning: Peacefulness; peaceableness; peaceful; love of peace; at peace; complete (from a root word meaning: “to be perfect”)

This was the name of several Israelites mentioned in the Bible, both men and women. “Shelomoth” was probably the original male form of this name.

  1. mother of a blasphemer (Leviticus 24:11) / This Israelite woman was the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan, and was married to an Egyptian (whose name is not provided in Scripture). Her son is not named either. After he was heard blaspheming God, he was brought to Moses for a decision about what should be done with him. God Himself passed the sentence and set a precedent: “Let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him” (Leviticus 24:14).

    God could have cut him off by an immediate stroke from heaven, but he would put this honour upon the institution of magistracy to make use of it for the supporting and vindicating of his own glory in the world. Observe,

    1. The place of execution appointed: ‘Bring him forth without the camp.’ To signify their detestation of the crime, they must thus cast out the criminal as an abominable branch, and separate him from them as an unclean thing and unworthy a place in the camp of Israel.

    2. The executioners: ‘Let all the congregation do it,’ to show their zeal for the honour of God's name. Every man should have a stone to throw at him that blasphemes God, reckoning himself nearly concerned in the reproaches cast on God, Psalm 69:9. Thus, also, the greater terror would be cast upon the congregation; those that once helped to stone a blasphemer would ever after dread every thing that bordered upon blasphemy, that looked like it or looked towards it.

    3. The solemnity of the execution; before the congregation stoned him, the witnesses were to lay their hands upon his head. The Jews say that this was used in the execution of no criminals but blasphemers; and that it was done with words to this purport, ‘Thy blood be upon thy own head, for thou thyself hast occasioned it. Let no blame be laid on the law, judges, juries, or witnesses; if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.’” (Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible)

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  2. a son of Josiphiah (Bani family) (Ezra 8:10) / His descendants were among those that returned with Ezra to Jerusalem from the Captivity.

  3. a woman in the royal line of David / She was the daughter of a man named Zerubbabel, son of Pedaiah (family of Jeconiah) (1 Chronicles 3:19) / Her brothers were Meshullam, Hananiah, Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushabhesed.

  4. a son of a man named Shimei named in 1 Chronicles 23:9 / His brothers were Haziel and Haran. They were descendants of Gershom.

  5. a man at the time of King David who was chief of those who took care of the treasures in the Tabernacle (1 Chronicles 26:25-28) / He was a descendant of Moses through Eliezer.

  6. a grandchild of King Solomon and greatgrandchild of King David / This person was a son (or possibly a daughter) of King Rehoboam by his favorite wife Maachah (daughter of Absalom) (2 Chronicles 11:20).

  7. a male descendant of a Levite man named Izhar (Kohathite family) (1 Chronicles 23:18; 24:22) / They were descendants of Gershom.

Author: Paul S. Taylor.