🔼The name Izrahiah (Jezrahiah) in the Bible
There are two men graced with the beautiful name Izrahiah in the Bible:
- A son of Uzzi, son of Tola, son of Issachar, the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth of Leah (1 Chronicles 7:3).
- The chief of the singers who livened up the dedication of the rebuilt wall of Jerusalem in the time of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 12:42). For some reason, most English translations have this man listed as Jezrahiah.
🔼Etymology of the name Izrahiah (Jezrahiah)
The name Izrahiah consists of two elements, the final 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 is an active form of the verb זרח (zarah), meaning to rise or shine:
🔼Izrahiah (Jezrahiah) meaning
For a meaning of the name Izrahiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Will Shine. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes the elaborate Brought To Light Of The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary has Yah Will Arise or Shine.