There are three Nehemiah's mentioned in the Bible. One returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel in the early wave (Ezra 2:2). An other Nehemiah, a son of Azbuk, worked along those of the second wave (Nehemiah 3:16). Lastly, there is the famous Nehemiah, son of Hacaliah, and author of the book that carries his name (Nehemiah 1:1).
The name Nehemiah comes from the root (naham), meaning comfort. Please see the name Nahum for a look at that root.
The second part of the name Nehemiah is , the abbreviated form of , the Name of God (see YHWH).
Together the name Nehemiah means The Lord Is Comfort.
For a meaning of the name Nehemiah, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Has Comforted. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Comfort Of The Lord.
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