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It may be helpful first to understand exactly what is mean by the word "vain." The NOAD defines vain as "producing no result, useless" and "having no meaning or likelihood of fulfillment." The use of God's name is usually reserved for prayer. Calling upon God is meant to have some kind of effect, but only if the caller is penitent and sincere. If the use ...


First, just to be clear Meribbaal/Mephiboshet is actually the grandson of Saul (and son of Jonathan). With that out of the way, the honest truth is that no one can know for sure why Eshbaal and Meribbaal were named as such. The Bible doesn't tell us why, and we have no other source. We can same something about what the word baal means though. Baal is a ...

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