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Neariah meaning

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🔼The name Neariah in the Bible

There are two men named Neariah in the Bible:

  • A son of Shecaniah mentioned among the descendants of king Solomon (1 Chronicles 3:22).
  • A descendant of Simeon, the second son of Jacob and Leah, and one of the four sons of Ishi, who went to war with the people of Mount Seir in the days of king Hezekiah (1 Chronicles 4:42).

🔼Etymology of the name Neariah

The name Neariah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah) which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

The second part of our name comes from the root group נער:

🔼Neariah meaning

For a meaning of the name Neariah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List seems to go with verb נער II (n'r II) and reads Yahweh Drives Away. A more proper use of this word would render our name the meaning of Yahweh Shakes Off.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with נער III (n'r III) and figures that the word that means boy can also mean servant, and reads Servant Of The Lord. Better would be Boy Of The Lord.

BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate the name Neariah but does list it under the root נער (n'r III).

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