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(mah' lahn) Personal name meaning, “sickly.” One of the two sons of Elimelech and Naomi (Ruth 1:2 ,Ruth 1:2,1:5 ), and the husband of Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth 4:9-10 ). Mahlon died while the family was sojourning in Moab because of a famine in their homeland of Israel. The reason for Mahlon's death is not given. Boaz, a distant relative to Mahlon, married the dead man's widow, Ruth.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Mahlon'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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