Mib'sam (Heb. Mibsam', מַבשָׂם, fragrance), the name of two men.
1. (Sept. Μασσάμ.v.r. in Chronicles Μαβσάν.) The fourth named of the twelve sons of Ishmael, and head of an Arabian tribe bearing his name (Ge 15:13; .1Ch 1:29). B.C. post 2061. " The signification of his name has led some to propose an identification of the tribe sprung from him with some one of the Abrahamic tribes settled in Arabia aromatifera, and a connection with the balsam of Arabia is suggested (Bunsel, Bibelwerk; Kalisch, Genesis, page 483). The situation of Mekkeh is well adapted for his settlements, surrounded as it is by traces of other Ishmaelitish tribes; nevertheless the identification seems fanciful and farfetched." SEE ARABIA.
2. Sept. Μαβασαν v.r. Μαβασάμ.) The son of Shallurm and father of Michma, apparently the grandson of Shaul, a son of Simeon (1Ch 4:25). B.C. ante 1658.