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Ezer in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Ezer

There are two completely different names in the Bible that both transliterate into English as Ezer. One is the quite common name עזר (Ezer) and the other one is אצר, which should sound something like Etzer, but which is written as Ezer and sometimes as Ezar in English Bibles.

We'll call them Ezer I (אצר) and Ezer II (עזר).

The name Ezer I in the Bible

The name אצר (Ezer; Etzer) is assigned only once in the Bible. It's the name of a son of Seir, who became a Horite chief (Genesis 36:21, see v30).

Etymology of the name Ezer I

This version of the name Ezer comes from the verb אצר (asar), meaning to store:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Ezer I meaning

The name Ezer I is a noun equal to the verb and means Treasury (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or Treasure (BDB Theological Dictionary). BDB adds an Arabic equivalent meaning Covenant.

This version of the name Ezer is the only Biblical name derived from this verb.


The name Ezer II in the Bible

The name עזר (Ezer) is quite common in the Bible, but none of the Ezers became very famous and the name remains relatively unknown.

The genuine Ezers of the Bible are:

  • A Judahite (1 Chronicles 4:4).
  • An Ephraimite (1 Chronicles 7:21).
  • A Gadite (1 Chronicles 12:9).
  • A son of Jeshua (Nehemiah 3:19).
  • A postexilic priest (Nehemiah 12:42).

Etymology of the name Ezer II

The name Ezer comes from the verb עזר (azar), meaning to help, support:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Ezer II meaning

This version of the name Ezer means Help.

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