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By Jeff A. Benner

And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. (RSV, Daniel 1:7)

The name Mishael מישאל (miy-sha-eyl, Strong's #4332) is two words. The first word is מי (miy, Strong's #4310) meaning "who." The second word, שאל, is the prefix ש meaning "like," and the noun אל (eyl, Strong's #410) meaning "mighty one," but usually translated as "god." Combined, these words mean "who is like the mighty one."

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