🔼The name Hephzibah: Summary
- My Delight Is In Her
- From (1) the verb חפץ (hapes), to take delight in, (2) the prefix ב (be), in, and (3) the feminine pronominal suffix: ה (he), her.
🔼The name Hephzibah in the Bible
The extraordinarily beautiful name Hephzibah is assigned twice in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Hephzibah
The name Hephzibah consists of two elements that are separated by a maqqep (a Hebrew hyphen):
The first part comes from the verb חפץ (hapes), meaning to take delight in:
The verb חפץ (hapes), means to take delight in or be pleased in. The noun חפץ (hepes) means delight, and adjective חפץ (hapes) means delighting in.
The central yod in the name Hephzibah denotes possession of what precedes: my delight.
The second part of the name is the very common and ubiquitous particle ב (be), meaning in at or by (it's the first letter of the Bible: in the beginning):
Prefix ב (be) means in, within or by means of.
The final he, denotes the feminine pronominal suffix: her.
Isaiah renders Jerusalem this wonderful name, and explains it right away by saying:
...which means: Because YHWH delights in you.
For a meaning of the name Hephzibah, BDB Theological Dictionary, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree: My Delight Is In Her.