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The name and the meaning – mahlon and kilion

Hello dear readers, I am sorry for being away last week, this was a week with sickness to me and to my family.

i was sick!

Due to this reason, I decided to write today about sick people in the bible.

In the book of Ruth we can find two very sick persons without telling us that they are sick, these are mahlon and kilion, the two sons of Naomi and elimelech as written

In Ruth 1:2-

Naomi and Ruth

“וְשֵׁם הָאִישׁ אֱלִימֶלֶךְ וְשֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ נָעֳמִי וְשֵׁם שְׁנֵי-בָנָיו מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן..”

“And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and kilion”

Seemingly, it seems to be that nothing is written about someone that is sick, but if we will look closely to the nouns that appear in the names mahlon and kilion, we will see that machlon derives from the noun Machala, which means sickness or illness; kilion derives from kelaya, which means extermination.

It’s not a surprise that few verses after we can find this:

“וַיָּמֻתוּ גַם-שְׁנֵיהֶם, מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן”

“And Mahlon and chilion died both of them”

If you have a name with sickness you will be sick.

I wish everyone to be healthy, Eli

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9 Responses to The name and the meaning – mahlon and kilion

  1. Millicent Panford says:

    Please i am very happy about the answer you gave about the meaning of Mahlon and Kilion. Thank you.How can get in contact with you i want to know more about the bible espesically Revelation the woman and the beast.May God bless you and more understanding and wisdom about what you doing or teaching us God bless Millicent.

  2. Paul says:

    wow! Thank you for the revelation (rhema) of the names Elimelech’s two sons. I want to ask though. Why the book of Revelations is so difficult and at times scary? Is there any means of explaining it for me from chapters 1-22, please. Thanking you with anticipation. God bless you as you move into the gift of wisdom. Amen…

  3. Jeane says:

    Is it possible that Mahlon was named after his sickly condition? How about Kilion?
    Is “Ruth” a Hebrew name or Moab’s?

  4. Eli Dahan says:

    probably the names of Mahlon and kilion were given to them after they died. The meaning of Ruth’s name is friendship( Hebrew: Re’ut).

  5. Anche Daniel says:

    the meaning of kilion and mahlon will help me to teach sunday school on sunday 26/2/12. God bless you richly.

  6. Anche Daniel says:

    Thanks 4 the meaning of Elimelech children’s names. God bless u

  7. Jonathan says:

    Dear Eli and friends,
    Thank you for the info about Mahlon. I have a friend with that name and he is continually sick.
    Also many had asked about learning about the Bible and Revelations. Please go to Branham.org and look up the many teachings of Bro. Willaim Branham. You will be wonderfully blessed by his studies on “the exposition of the seven churc ages” and “the seven Seals of Revelation”
    God bless

  8. Pardo says:

    I now realize that giving name to our kids is very closely link to the future of our kids.

  9. Cornelia says:

    Thankyou for clearity over THE names mahlon and kilion. Couldn’t find any reference to kilion at ALL.

    Regarding Revelations.
    First of ALL, anything in THE new testament Will have a reference in THE old testament. In THE case of Revelations it would be THE book of Daniël.
    So to study Revelations you should also study Daniël.
    Much of Revelations was visions but it can be taken more literal Than expected, offcourse there is symbolic reference also.

    Also understand that THE bible is a book of Gods written word and some of it is revealed to us and some of it not yet revealed. That means two Things.
    1. THE book, chapiter or verse you are reading may not yet be at a time of fulfilling or revealing. There is parts of Revelations that is still a mystery.
    2. You Yourself still need to grow in knowledge of THE book, chapter or verse you are reading.

    Whichever one of THE two is applicable is different from person to person. But you need never be afraid or scared of Gods word because He very clearity promised to protect those WHO belong to Him. Read up on Psalm 91!
    Hope this gives some answers.

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