Nahor (Abraham's brother) and his family decided to stay in Haran when Abraham left the city for Canaan (Genesis 12). One of Nahor's many children he raised in Haran was Bethuel (Genesis 22:20 - 22). Bethuel would later become the father of Laban (Genesis 24:50, 28:5).
Laban played a major role in the lives of Abraham’s son and grandson. His sister Rebekah married Isaac and his daughters Rachel and Leah married Jacob. Laban is known for not keeping his promise to Jacob that his daughter Rachel could marry him after only seven years of service (Genesis 29).
The town of Laban was used as one of the many reference points to delineate where Moses, at the end of Israel's forty years of wandering, gave one of his final messages.
Genesis 24:29, 50, 25:20, 27:43, 28:2, 5, 29:5 - 29, 30:25 - 42, 31:1 - 55, 32:4, 46:18, 25, Deuteronomy 1:1
Lachish was a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land. Lachish is well known for being the place Assyrian King Sennacherib was attacking when he sent his general, and 185,000 troops, to attack Jerusalem.
Sennacherib's military campaign against Judah's capital ended up being the worst military defeat experienced by any human army!
Joshua 10:3, 5, 23, 31 - 35, 12:11, 15:39, 2Kings 14:19, 18:14, 17, 19:8, 2Chronicles 11:9, 25:27, 32:9, Nehemiah 11:30, Isaiah 36:2, 37:8, Jeremiah 34:7, Micah 1:13
Belonging to God
Lael was a descendant of the tribe of Levi at the time of Moses and Aaron.
Oppression, to flow
Lahad was a descendant of the tribe of Judah.
Provisions, food like
Lahmam was a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land.
Lahmi was the brother of Goliath the giant. He was killed during a fight, like his brother, by an Israelite.
Fortification, barricade stop
Lakum was a city given to the tribe of Naphtali as an inheritance in the Promised Land.
Powerful, why thus with thee?
Strong's #H3929, #G2984
Two men named Lamech are found in Scripture. The first one was the son of Methusael and the great-grandson of Cain (Genesis 4:17 - 18). He is the first recorded polygamist in the Bible, marrying both Adah and Zillah (verse 19).
The second person named Lamech, the son of Methuselah, represents the ninth generation of humans on earth. He lived 777 years and is in Jesus' ancestry listing given by Luke.
Genesis 4:18 - 24, 5:25 - 31, 1Chronicles 1:3, Luke 3:36
Deborah's husband was named Lapidoth. Deborah, along with Barak, helped free Israel from the domination of Hazor's king Jabin. She also served as one of Israel Judges.
The king of Lasharon was one of the thirty-one rulers defeated by Joshua.
Whom God helps
The New Testament mentions two men named Lazarus, the first of which may have never existed.
The first Lazarus is a beggar in Jesus' often taught Lazarus and the Rich Man parable. The second Lazarus was the central figure in Jesus' greatest miracle - the resurrecting back to life a human who had died!
John 11, 12, Luke 16
Leah was the eldest daughter of Laban. Although Jacob wanted to marry Rachel, Laban deceived him into taking her as his first wife (Genesis 29).
Leah would ultimately bear Jacob six boys (one of which was his first son) and the only girl any of Jacob's four wives produced. The names of the children Leah produced were, in birth order from first to last, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Isaachar, Zebulun and Dinah.
Genesis 29:16 - 32, 30:9 - 20, 31:4 - 33, 33:1 - 7, 34:1, 35:23 - 26, 46:15 - 18, 49:31, Ruth 4:11
Lebanah's family returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after their Babylonian captivity.
Lebaoth was a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land.
A man of heart
Lebbeus (Lebbaeus in the King James) is also called Judas (Acts 1:13) and Thaddeus (Mark 3:18, Matthew 10:3). One of Jesus' original twelve disciples, He was the brother of both James (the Less) and Simon the Canaanite (Simon the Zealot) who were also disciples. Foxe's Book of Martyrs states the apostle was crucified at Edessa.
Lebonah, near the city of Shiloh, was where the Israelites met to keep one of God's annual Feast days.
Lecah was the son of Er, making him the great-grandson of tribal founder Judah.
Lehi is also called Ramathlehi which means "height of a jawbone" (Strong's #H7437). Lehi, in Judah's territory, was where Samson used the fresh jawbone of an ass to slaughter 1,000 Philistines!
Judges 15:9, 14 - 17, 19
Belonging to God, for God
King Lemuel is the author of the well-known "virtuous woman" chapter in the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 31:1, 4
Joined to, attached
Strong's #H3878, #G3017
Levi was the name of Jacob's (Israel's) third son. The tribe of Israel begun by Levi would, years later, be set apart to serve God and his tabernacle (later temple) as priests.
Matthew, who was also called Levi, was the seventh person called by Christ to be one of his twelve apostles (Mark 2:14, Luke 5:27 - 29).
Genesis 29:34, 34:25, 30, 35:23, 46:11, 49:5, Exodus 1:2, 2:1, 6:16, 19, 32:26 - 28, etc.
Libnah was a Levitical city within the tribe of Judah's territory. It was also the name of one of the many places the Israelites camped at on their way to the Promised Land.
Numbers 33:20 - 21, Joshua 10:29 - 39, 12:15, 15:42, 21:13, 2Kings 8:22, 19:8, 23:31, 24:18, 1Chronicles 6:57, 2Chronicles 21:10, Isaiah 37:8, Jeremiah 52:1
Libni was the son of Gershon and grandson of tribal founder Levi.
Exodus 6:17, Numbers 3:18, 1Chronicles 6:17, 20, 29
A bow, afflicted, weeping
Strong's #H6316, #G3033
Libya, in the Old Testament, was the name of a large area in northern Africa that neighbored Egypt. Libyans were represented in Jerusalem on Pentecost 30 A.D. when the Holy Spirit was given to 3,000+ people.
Exodus 30:5, 38:5, Acts 2:10
Likhi, who was of the tribe of Manasseh, was the son of Shemida.
Linus was a Christian who sent his greetings to Timothy through the last letter the Apostle Paul authored before his death.
Not my people
God commanded the prophet Hosea to marry a harlot in order to symbolize his people's whoredom of pursuing other gods. He then commanded Hosea's third child, a boy, be named Loammi to symbolize his rejection of his people after they rejected him.
Not a pasture, pastureless
Lodebar, the exact location of which is uncertain, is possibly located near Mahanaim. It is the city where Mephibosheth, a lame man who was the son of King David's closest friend Jonathan, lived. David took great pains to find him and give him back all that the land his grandfather King Saul possessed.
2Samuel 9:4 - 5, 2Samuel 17:27
Lois was the mother of Eunice and Timothy's grandmother. Both of them began to teach Timothy the Old Testament Scriptures when he was a boy. The Apostle Paul commends the faith of these two women and their role in shaping the destiny of his beloved friend. Please see our article on the life of Timothy.
No mercy, not pitied
God commanded the prophet Hosea to marry a harlot in order to symbolize his people's whoredom of pursuing other Gods. He then commanded Hosea's second child, a girl, be named Loruhamah to symbolize his refusal to offer mercy to Israel due to their entrenched sins.
Hosea 1:6, 8
Strong's #H3876, #G3091
Lot's father was Haran who was the brother of Abraham. Lot and his family followed Abraham from Ur to the city of Haran and then to Canaan.
Lot was saved from Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction by two angels only to witness his wife turned into a pillar of salt for her disobedience (Genesis 19). Lot's drunken incest with his two daughters produced the founders of the Moabite and Ammonite peoples.
Genesis 11:27, 31, 12:4 - 5, 13:1 - 14, 14:12 - 16, 19:1 - 36, Deuteronomy 2:9, 19, Psalm 83:8, Luke 17:28 - 32, 2Peter 2:7
Lotan was the eldest son of Seir the Horite.
Genesis 36:20, 22, 29, 1Chronicles 1:38 - 39
The morning star, light-bearer
Lucifer was Satan the devil's name before he turned himself evil and became God's first and chief adversary.
Two men are named Lucius in Scripture. The first, Lucius of Cyrene, was one of several prophets and teachers in the Syrian Antioch church (Acts 13).
The second Lucius, mentioned in the book of Romans, sent his greetings to Christians living in Rome. Evidence suggests Lucius may have been one of Apostle Paul's distant relatives.
Acts 13:1, Romans 16:21
Genesis 10:22, 1Chronicles 1:17, Isaiah 66:19, Ezekiel 27:10
Luhith was a town of Moab located south of the Arnon River.
Isaiah 15:5, Jeremiah 48:5
Luke is called Lucas in the King James translation of 2Corinthians 13:14 and Philemon 1:24.
Luke, a Gentile convert to Christianity, is one of the four Gospel writers as well as authoring the book of Acts. He was one of Apostle Paul's most trusted and loved fellow laborers in the gospel. He is affectionately referred to by Paul as "the beloved physician" in Colossians 4.
2Corinthians 13:14, Colossians 4:14, 2Timothy 4:11, Philemon 1:24
Lycaonia was the name of an Asia Minor region partly located in the Roman province of Galatia and partly in Cappadocia. The cities of Lystra and Derbe, evangelized by Apostle Paul during his first three missionary journeys, were within this region.
Acts 14:6, 11
The Roman provincial areas of Pamphylia (Strong's #G3828 meaning "of every tribe") and Lycia were combined to form a single province in 74 A.D. This combined Mediterranean coastal province of Lycia-Pamphylia contained the New Testament cities of Perga, Myra, Patara and Attalia, all of which are connected to Apostle Paul's missionary journeys.
Acts 2:10, 13:13, 14:24, 15:38, 27:5
That drives away sorrow, grief dispelling
The region of Abilene was located just north of Damacus. A man named Lysanias ruled the Abilene area as Roman tetrarch when John the Baptist's ministry began in 26 A.D. (Luke 3:1).
Claudius Lysias was a Roman army chief captain stationed in Jerusalem. A Greek by birth, he had purchased his Roman citizenship for a hefty price. It was Lysias who, when a riot broke out at Jerusalem's temple, rushed in with his troops to arrest (and save) the Apostle Paul from certain death.
Acts 21:31 - 33, 22:24 - 29, 23:26, 24:7, 22