"Splendid." One of the two Hebrew midwives, the other being Shiphrah, who were commanded by the King of Egypt to kill all the Hebrew male children at birth but to let the daughters live. Since the midwives feared God, they disobeyed the king's commands, and let the male children live. When he demanded to know why they had disobeyed him, they said that Hebrew women were vigorous, and therefore had already given birth before the midwives arrived.

It is also the name of a descendant of Issachar.1



  1. Judg. 10:1.


  • Ex. 1:15-21.