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Reaiah meaning

ראיה
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🔼The name Reaiah in the Bible

There are three men named Reaiah in the Bible:

  • A descendant of Judah, namely the son of Shobal and the father of Jahath (1 Chronicles 4:2). This man is called Haroeh in 1 Chronicles 2:52. These two names may seem very different in English but in Hebrew it's obvious that both these names contain the same verbal element.
  • A son of Micah of the tribe of Reuben (1 Chronicles 5:5).
  • A patriarch of a family of temple servants, which returned from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:47, Nehemiah 7:50).

🔼Etymology of the name Reaiah

The name Reaiah 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 element of our name comes from the verb ראה (ra'a), meaning to see:

🔼Reaiah meaning

For a meaning of the name Reaiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads a rather curious Yahweh Has Provided For. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Vision Of The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Yah Has Seen.

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