The eldest son (Joshua 17:1) of the patriarch Manasseh by an Aramite or Syrian concubine (1 Chronicles 7:14). At the time of the conquest the family of Machir had become very powerful, and a large part of the country on the east of Jordan was subdued by them (Numbers 32:39; Deuteronomy 3:15).
The son of Ammiel, a powerful sheikh of one of the transjordanic tribes, who rendered essential service to the cause of Saul and of David successively (2 Samuel 9:4-5; 17:27-29)
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866).
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