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Uzzah meaning

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🔼The name Uzzah in the Bible

There are two people named Uzzah in the Bible, one is a descendant of Merari, a son of Levi, whose father is named Shimei and whose son is named Shimea (1 Chronicles 6:29).

Probably the most famous one is the son of Abinadab and the brother of Ahio (2 Samuel 6:3). This Uzzah is present when king David removes the Ark of the Covenant from Abinadab's house in Gibeah with the idea of bringing it to Jerusalem. At the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen that pull the cart startle and the Ark threatens to slide off the cart. When Uzzah reaches out to stop the Ark from falling, the anger of YHWH burns against him and God strikes him dead.

David in turn gets angry, names the place Perez-uzzah, and fears having to transport the Ark further. He leaves the Ark in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months before finally bringing it to Jerusalem.

This Uzzah is called עזא (Uzza) in 2 Samuel 6:3 and in the parallel text of 1 Chronicles 13:7-11.

🔼Etymology of the name Uzzah

The name Uzzah comes from the Hebrew verb עזז ('azaz), generally meaning to be strong:

🔼Uzzah meaning

For a meaning of the name Uzzah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Strength.

Also note the striking similarity between the names עזה (Uzzah) and עזה (Gaza).

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