Ma'havite (Hebrew only in the plur. Machavim', מִחֲיַים, reviving; Sept. Μαωείν v. r. Μαωϊv,Vulg. Mahumites, Auth.Vers. "Mahavite;" probably by erroneous transcription for the sing. מִחֲוַי), apparently a patrial attribute of Eliel, one of David's body-guard (1Ch 11:46); but no place or person Mahavah or Mahavai is anywhere else alluded to from which the title could have been derived. There is doubtless some corruption in the text. "The Targum has דמַן מִחֲוָוא, 'from Machavua.' Kennicott (Dissert. p.231) conjectures that originally the Hebrew may have stood מהחוים, 'from the Hivites.' Others have proposed to insert an N and read ' the Mahanaimite' (Furst, Handwb. p. 721 a; Bertheau, Chronik. p. 136)."

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