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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
MAHLI. In Exodus 6:18 , Num 3:20 , 1 Chronicles 24:25; 1 Chronicles 24:28 , it is the name of a son of Merari, Levi’s youngest son. In 1 Chronicles 23:23; 1 Chronicles 24:30 a son of Mushi, Mahli’s brother, bears the same name. Ezra 8:18 speaks of ‘a man of discretion (see Ish-sechel), of the sons of Mahli â€¦ and Sherebiah ,’ etc. 1Es 8:47 [ Mooli ] drops ‘and,’ thus identifying this son of Mahli with Sherebiah. In Numbers 3:33; Numbers 26:58 Mahli’s descendants are called ‘the family of the Mahlites .’ According to 1 Chronicles 23:22 , these Mahlites were descended from the daughters of Eleazar, the elder son of the Mahli mentioned in Exodus 6:19 . Eleazar left no male offspring. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, therefore took them in marriage, and prevented the extinction of their father’s name.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Mahli'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/m/mahli.html. 1909.