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Irijah meaning

יראייה
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🔼The name Irijah in the Bible

There's only one man named Irijah in the Bible. Irijah, son of Shelemiah, was a captain of the guard at the time of the prophet Jeremiah and king Zedekiah of Judah (Jeremiah 37:13). He was stationed at Jerusalem's Benjamin Gate when Jeremiah tried to pass and accused the prophet of defection and arrested him. He took Jeremiah to the officials, who beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the scribe.

🔼Etymology of the name Irijah

The name Irijah consists of two elements, the last one being יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

The first part of our name comes from the verb ראה (ra'a) meaning to see:

The double yod in our name is rare because double yods usually contract to one. It's so rare even that BDB Theological Dictionary confidently states "= יראיה".

🔼Irijah meaning

For a meaning of the name Irijah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Sees. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has He Will See The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Yah Seeth.

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