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Cheluhi meaning

כלהי
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🔼The name Cheluhi in the Bible

The name Cheluhi (or as some translations have it: Chelluh) occurs only one time in the Bible. He is listed among the sons of Bani who divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:35).

🔼Etymology of the name Cheluhi

The name Cheluhi appears to derive from the root-verb כלה (kala I), meaning to complete or end:

The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (end-like), a possessive form (my end), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

🔼Cheluhi meaning

For a meaning of the name Cheluhi, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Robust for entirely untraceable reasons. Perhaps NOBSE draws from some other language (or erroneously from the Hebrew verb כלח, meaning firm or rugged strength; see the name Calah), but to a Hebrew audience, our name Cheluhi would not have meant Robust.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives our name from כלה (kala I) and takes the final י (yod) to be a remnant of יהוה. And thus Jones reads Consumed Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does confirm that it might come from כלה (kala I).

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