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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Ichabod

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("where is the glory?") (1 Samuel 4:19-22). Born at the time of Israel's defeat by the Philistines, and his father Phinehas' death; named accordingly by his dying mother. "When she heard that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed." In vain did the women by her cheer her, "Fear not, for thou hast borne a son." "She answered not, neither did she regard it." As in the case of her pious and patriotic father-in-law, Eli, the overwhelming sorrow that caused her death was "because the ark of God was taken," hence this is thrice repeated. She felt God's presence is a nation's only true "glory" (Jeremiah 2:11; Psalms 78:61; Psalms 106:20; Hosea 9:12).

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Ichabod'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/i/ichabod.html. 1949.

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