🔼The name Zophai in the Bible
The name Zophai occurs only once in the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 6:26 he is listed as a son of Elkanah of Levi, and an ancestor of Samuel. This Zophai is probably the same as the Zuph (צוף), son of Elkanah mentioned in 1 Chronicles 6:35.
🔼Etymology of the name Zophai
The name Zophai consists of two elements. The first part probably comes from the noun צוף (sup), meaning honeycomb:
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (honeycomb-like), a possessive form (my honeycomb), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah), which is short for יהוה, which is the name YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Zophai, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Honeycomb Of The Lord (taking the final yod for a remnant of YHWH). NOBSE Study Bible Name List forgoes treating this name. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but does equate Zophai with Zuph, and confirms that the name Zuph is identical to the noun צוף (sup), meaning honeycomb.