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Meaning: whom Jehovah helps

A common Old Testament name used by various men:

  1. Son of Ethan, of the tribe of Judah (1 Chr. 2:8).

  2. Son of Ahimaaz, who succeeded his grandfather Zadok as high priest (1 Chr. 6:9; 1 Kings 4:2) in the days of Solomon. He officiated at the consecration of the temple (1 Chr. 6:10).

  3. The son of Johanan, high priest in the reign of Abijah and Asa (2 Chr. 6:10-11).

  4. High priest in the reign of Uzziah, king of Judah (2 Kings 14:21; 2 Chr. 26:17-20). He was contemporary with the prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Joel.

  5. High priest in the days of Hezekiah (2 Chr. 31:10-13). Of the house of Zadok.

  6. Several other priests and Levites of this name are mentioned (1 Chr. 6:36; Ezra 7:1; 1 Chr. 9:11; Neh. 3:23, etc.).

  7. The original name of Abednego (Dan. 1:6-7, 11, 16). He was of the royal family of Judah, and with his other two companions was remarkably handsome, intelligent, and pious.


  8. The son of Oded, a remarkable prophet in the days of Asa (2 Chr. 15:1). He stirred up the king and the people to a great national reformation.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, Edited by: Paul S. Taylor.