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Sachia meaning

שכיה

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🔼The name Sachia in the Bible

The name Sachia occurs only once in the Bible: in 1 Chronicles 8:10 he is mentioned as one of the sons of Shaharaim and Hodesh. Some manuscripts list this name as שביה (with a b instead of a k) and the authors of the Septuagint transliterated this into Ζαβια (Sabia). The only major English translation that maintains this form is the Darby translation, which tells of Shobia in stead of Sachia.

🔼Etymology of the name Sachia

It's not clear what the name Sachia originally meant to express, or even how it was formed. But it could be construed to consist 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 could be regarded to come from the following root cluster:

But, even though the dominant manuscripts read שכיה, this form might be an adaptation of the form שביה (Shobia). And that form seems to have to do with the verb שבה (shaba) meaning to take captive:

Note that the word שביה means captive, and that the name Shobia doesn't necessarily contain the appellative יה

🔼Sachia meaning

The name Sachia could mean Cover Of Yahweh, or something to that extent. For inexplicable reasons, NOBSE Study Bible Name List translates our name with Fame Of Yahweh. Perhaps NOBSE is familiar with a similar name in another language that means that, but no member of a Hebrew audience would figure such.

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) believes that Sachia is an adaptation of Shobia and translates the latter with Captive Of The Lord.

BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name but lists it under the verb שכה (skhe), meaning to look out or keep watch. Following BDB would render Sachia the meaning of Watchman Of Yahweh