🔼The name Shemariah in the Bible
There are four men named Shemariah in the Bible. The name of the first one we meet is spelled with a final waw; it's quite common for Hebrew names that end with יה (Yah) to also exist with the ending of יהו (Yahu).
The men named Shemariah are:
- One of the leaders of the thirty valiant mighty-men who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:5).
- A son of Rehoboam and his cousin-wife Mahalath (2 Chronicles 11:19).
- A son of Harim-not-the-priest, who had married a foreigner and who pledged to divorce her during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:32).
- A son of Bani, who had done and would do the same (Ezra 10:41).
🔼Etymology of the name Shemariah
The name Shemariah is a compound 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 part of our name comes from the verb שמר (shamar I), meaning to keep, guard, observe or give heed:
For a meaning of the name Shemariah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Keeps. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Guarded Of The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary has Yah Has Kept or Yah Has Preserved.