(mehth' eh-am' muh) A phrase of uncertain meaning used at
2 Samuel 8:1. KJV, NIV, NRSV take it as a place name. NAS translated the phrase as “the chief city.” The parallel in
1 Chronicles 18:1 has “Gath and its villages.” Other suggestions for translation include: “bridle of the water channel,” reins of the forearm,” “control of the mother city,” “take the common land,” or “wrest supremacy from.”
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