Melchizedek to Mysia
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Melchizedek (Melchisedec)
King of right, King of righteousness
Strong's #H4442, #G3198

Melchizedek is spelled Melchisedec in the King James New Testament. Melchizedek, after Abraham had overcome Chedorlaomer's forces in battle, came out to greet him with bread and wine and also to bless him.

Genesis 14:18, Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:6, 10, 6:20, 7:1 - 21

Read our dedicated article on this topic.

Strong's #H4453

Melzar, in the King James, likely designates a title rather than a personal name. A Melzar was placed, by the prince of the eunuchs, over Daniel and his three friends.

Daniel 1:11, 16

See our listing for Noph.

Strong's #H4505

Menahem killed king Shallum in 752 B.C. and immediately assumed the throne over the Kingdom of Israel. Consider one of the many bad rulers over God's people, he reigned only until 742.

2Kings 15:14 - 23

See Meaning of Handwriting on the Wall article.

Exterminating the idol, dispeller of shame
Strong's #H4648

Jonathan was one of King David's closest friends. Jonathan's son Mephibosheth, the grandson of King Saul, was five years old when his father died during a battle with the Philistines. Mephibosheth's nurse, fearing the enemy would kill the young lad, fled with him but accidently dropped him. The fall caused Mephibosheth to be crippled in his feet for the rest of his life.

King David, sometime after Jonathan's death, sought out Mephibosheth. He gave him back all the land his grandfather Saul owned and offered him a special position in David's court.

2Samuel 4:4, 9:6 - 13, 16:1 - 4, 19:24 - 30, 21:7 - 8

Strong's #H4764

Merab was the firstborn daughter of King Saul. She was promised to King David in exchange for killing Goliath the giant and for fighting God's battles against the Philistines. Saul, how, reneged on his promise and gave her to another man.

1Samuel 14:49, 18:17, 19

Herald of the Gods
Strong's #G2060

Mercurius is the King James New Testament reference to the Greek God Hermes. This pagan deity, whose Roman counterpart was named Mercury, was considered the messenger and spokesman of the Gods.

Acts 14:12

Elevations, heights
Strong's #H4822

Meremoth is the name of two, possibly three, Old Testament priests.

Ezra 8:33, 10:36, Nehemiah 3:4, 21, 10:5, 12:3

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Read our dedicated article on this topic.

High place, height
Strong's #H4792

Merom, located in Galilee, was where a confederation of kings gathered their forces in order to attack the Israelites led by Joshua.

Joshua 11:5, 7

Strong's #H4789

Meroz was condemned in the victory song of Deborah and Barak for not helping Israel against their enemy.

Judges 5:23

Deliverance, safety
Strong's #H4338

Genesis 10:30, 2Kings 3:4, 1Chronicles 2:42, 8:9

Guest of a king
Strong's #H4335

Meshach was the Babylonian name for one of Daniel's three friends who were, like him, taken captive as a young child to Babylon. All four men were likely made into eunuchs during their captivity.

Daniel 1:7, 2:49, 3:12 - 30

Aram of the two rivers
Strong's #HH763, #G3318

Mesopotamia is the region between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and more generally refers to the entire Euphrates-Tigris valley. Mesopotamia is the area where Abraham grew up and the location where the empires of Assyria and Babylon took root.

Genesis 24:10, Deuteronomy 23:4, Judges 3:8, 10, 1Chronicles 19:6, Acts 2:9, 7:2

Man of the dart
Strong's #H4968

Methuselah lived from 3282 to 2313 B.C. His death, at the age of 969 years, made him the oldest human who would ever live! Methuselah died the same year as Noah's flood.

Genesis 5:21 - 27, 1Chronicles 1:3

Who is like God
Strong's #H4318, #H4320, #H4321

Three different Hebrew words are translated as Micah in the King James Old Testament. There are also several individuals named Micah, the most well known of these was one of the twelve Minor Prophets.

Judges 17:1 - 13, 18:2 - 31, 1Chronicles 5:5, 8:34 - 35, 9:15, 40 - 41, 2Chronicles 34:20, Jeremiah 26:18, Micah 1:1

Who is like God
Strong's #H4321

1Kings 22:8 - 28, 2Chronicles 18:7 - 27

Who is like God
Strong's #H4317, #G3413

Michael the archangel fought demonic forces in order to deliver a message to Daniel. He rebuked the devil for wanting Moses' body and will soon lead righteous angels in a battle against Satan and his demons.

Numbers 13:13, 1Chronicles 5:13 - 14, 6:40, 7:3, 8:16, 12:20, 27:18, 2Chronicles 21:2, Ezra 8:8, Daniel 10:13 - 21, 12:1, Jude 1:9, Revelation 12:7

Rivulet, who is like God
Strong's #H4324

Michal was the youngest daughter of Israel's King Saul. She was given to David as a wife after he killed two hundred Philistines and produced the same number of foreskins as proof.

1Samuel 14:49, 18:20 - 28, 19:11 - 17, 25:44, 2Samuel 3:13 - 14, 6:16 - 23, 21:8, 1Chronicles 15:29

Midian (Madian)
Strife, contention
Strong's #H4080, #G3099

The King James New Testament spelling of Midian is Madian (Acts 7:29). Midian was one of the sons of Abraham through his wife Keturah. His name is often used as a general reference for his descendants and where they lived.

Genesis 25:2 - 4, 36:35, Exodus 2:15 - 16, 3:1, 4:19, 18:1, Numbers 22:4 - 7, 25:15, etc.

Strong's #H4024

Migdol was one of the many locations the Israelites camped at after leaving Egyptian slavery. The city, during the time of the prophet Jeremiah, was one of the destinations of Jewish refugees.

Exodus 14:2, Numbers 33:7, Jeremiah 44:1, 46:14

Strong's #H4435

Genesis 11:29, 22:20 - 23, 24:15, 24, 47, Numbers 26:33, 27:1, 36:11, Joshua 17:3

Miletus (Miletum)
Pure white fine wool
Strong's #G3399

Miletus, also called Miletum in the King James New Testament, was an Aegean Sea port town located on the western part of Asia Minor. The area is known as the place the Apostle Paul, during his third missionary journey, warned Ephesians elders about threats coming to the church (Acts 20:18 - 35).

Acts 20:15, 17, 2Timothy 4:20

Rebelliously, rebellion
Strong's #H4813

Two women are named Miriam in Scripture, one of which was Moses' older sister.

Exodus 15:20 - 21, Numbers 12:1 - 15, 26:59, Deuteronomy 24:9, 1Chronicles 4:17, 6:3, Micah 6:4

Burnings of water
Strong's #H4956

Hazor's King Jabin, in a last ditch effort to stop Israel's progress in conquering the Promised Land, cobbles together a massive military force to fight God's people. Before they can strike, however, Joshua and the Israelites launch a surprise attack. They conquer the massive army and chase the enemy as far as Misrephothmaim.

Joshua 11:8, 13:6

Abounding in shell fish, mutilated
Strong's #G3412

Mitylene was the chief city of the island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea. The Apostle Paul docked only briefly at this port during his third missionary journey.

Acts 20:14

Mizpah (Mizpeh)
Strong's #H4708, #H4709

Mizpah (also spelled Mizpeh) is the name of at least four different Biblical cities.

A Mizpeh (Mizpah) located in the southern part of the Promised Land was given to the tribe of Judah. Another Mizpeh, located north of Judah's territory, was given to the Benjamites.

Two other cities named Mizpah were located east of the Jordan River. One of these was located in the land of Gilead and the other existed in Moabite territory. The "land of Mizpeh" refers to a location near Mount Hermon.

Genesis 31:49, Joshua 11:8, Judges 11:11, 20:1, 3, 21:1, 1Samuel 7:5, 7, 11, 16, 22:3, 2Kings 25:25, Jeremiah 40:12, 41:3, Hosea 5:1

Double straits
Strong's #H4714

Ham was one of Noah's sons who survived the flood. Ham's four sons were Mizraim, Cush, Phut and Canaan.

Genesis 10:6, 13, 1Chronicles 1:8, 11

Strong's #G3416

Mnason was a native of Cyprus. When the Apostle Paul came to Caesarea, during the end of his third missionary journey, he agreed to travel with him to Jerusalem. When Paul and company finally arrived in Jerusalem they stayed at Mnason's house.

Acts 21:16

Moab (Moabites)
Read our dedicated article on this topic.

Molech (Milcom, Moloch)
Strong's #H4432

Molech is also called Milcom, meaning "great king" (Strong's #G4445) and Moloch, which means "king" (Strong's #H4432, #G3434). He was the evil pagan deity of the Ammonites and the Phoenicians.

King Solomon's willingness to allow his wives to worship Molech (and other pagan Gods), as well as possibly indulging himself in supporting such idolatry, led to Israel splitting in two after his death. See our article on Mount Corruption for more information.

Leviticus 18:21, 20:2 - 5, 1Kings 11:5, 7, 33, 2Kings 23:10, 13, Jeremiah 32:35, Amos 5:26, Acts 7:43

Little man, worshipper of Mars
Strong's #H4782

Two people named Mordecai are found in the Bible. The first was a Jew who had returned from Babylonian exile and the second was one of the central figures in the book of Esther.

Mordecai was the uncle of Queen Esther. Both him and Esther helped save the Jewish people from total destruction at the hands of the hated Haman.

Ezra 2:2, Nehemiah 7:7, Esther 2:5 - 22, 3:2 - 6, 4:1 - 17, 5:9 - 14, 6:2 - 13, 7:9 - 10, 8:1 - 15, 9:3 - 31, 10:2 - 3

Strong's #H4176

Moreh was one of the places Abraham and his family passed through during their initial entry in the land of Canaan. Many years later, Gideon and his army of 300 men successfully attack a large Midianite-led army that is camped near the hill of Moreh.

Genesis 12:6, Deuteronomy 11:30, Judges 7:1

Chosen by Jehovah, seen of Jah
Strong's #H4179

The land of Moriah was the place where God told Abraham to take his only son Isaac and offer him as a burnt sacrifice. Mount Moriah was where King David sacrificed to God to stop the death angel from attacking Jerusalem and where King Solomon built Jerusalem's temple.

Genesis 22:2, 2Chronicles 3:1

Drawn, rescued, drawing out
Strong's #H4872, #G3475

Moses is one of the central figures in the Old Testament. He was a Levite who was called by God to lead the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Please see our article on the life of Moses.

Exodus 2:10 - 21, 3:1 - 15, 4:1 - 30, 5:1 - 22, 6:1 - 30, 7:1 - 20, etc.

Myrrh, myrrh juice
Strong's #G3460

Myra is a Mediterranean seaport town located in the southwestern part of Asia Minor. The Apostle Paul, during his fourth missionary journey, boarded a ship in Myra's port bound for Italy.

Acts 27:5

Land of beach trees
Strong's #G3465

Mysia is a Roman-controlled region located in the northwestern corner of Asia Minor. The Apostle Paul traveled through this region during his second and third missionary journeys.

Acts 16:7 - 8

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