Meso'baite (Hebrews Metsobayah', מצֹבָיָה, garrison of Jehovah, being apparently the name of the place itself, used for a gentile, the preceding noun being regarded as in the construct; Sept. Μεσωβία v. r. Μειναβεία, Vulg.
Masobia), a designation of Jasiel, the last named of David's body-guard (1Ch 11:47), probably meaning of Mesobaiah, as being his place of residence; but, no other clue being given to its locality there is no room even to conjecture its position. Possibly it is rather the name of a person from whom he was descended; but the form and construction are equally difficult as a patronymic. Perhaps we should point הִמַּצֹּבָיֹה, and thus refer to ZOBAH as the place of his nationality. Kennicott's conclusion (Dissertation, p. 233, 234) is that originally the word was "the Metsobaites" (הִמּצֹבָיַם), and applied to the three names preceding it.