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The name Nehemiah in the Bible

There are three Nehemiah's mentioned in the Bible:

  • One Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel in the early wave (Ezra 2:2).
  • Another 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).

Etymology of the name Nehemiah

The name Nehemiah consists of two parts. The first part of the name Nehemiah comes from the root-verb נחם (naham), meaning to comfort:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second part of the name Nehemiah is יה, the abbreviated form of יהוה, or YHWH, the Name of God .

Nehemiah meaning

The two parts of the name Nehemiah put together means something like The Lord Is Comfort.

For a meaning of the name Nehemiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Has Comforted. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Comfort Of The Lord.

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