Machir in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Manasseh's oldest son by a Syrian or Aramite concubine (1
Chronicles 7:14). Joseph had Machir's children upon his knees
(Genesis 50:23), i.e. they were adopted by Joseph from their
birth. Gilead was his son, and Abiah his daughter. A large
part of the country E. of Jordan was subdued by his powerful
family (Numbers 32:39; Deuteronomy 3:15). The rest of the
family crossed Jordan. So powerful was the family that
"Machir" supplants the name of "Manasseh" in Judges 5:14;
Judges 5:17; Joshua 13:31-29.
2. Son of Ammiel of Lodebar, a Gileadite chief;
sheltered Mephibosheth, Jonathan's lame son; afterward,
influenced probably by David's kindness to the same youth,
supplied David with necessaries when fleeing from Absalom (2
Samuel 9:4; 2 Samuel 17:27-29).