🔼The name Irijah: Summary
- Yah Sees, He Will See Yah
- From (1) the verb ראה (ra'a), to see or understand, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Irijah in the Bible
There's only one man named Irijah in the Bible. Irijah, son of Shelemiah, was a captain of the guard at the time of the prophet Jeremiah and king Zedekiah of Judah (Jeremiah 37:13). He was stationed at Jerusalem's Benjamin Gate when Jeremiah tried to pass and accused the prophet of defection and arrested him. He took Jeremiah to the officials, who beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the scribe.
🔼Etymology of the name Irijah
The name Irijah consists of two elements, the last 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 ראה (ra'a) meaning to see:
The verb ראה (ra'a) means to see, and by extension to understand. It may mean to become visible (of, say, an angel) or to become understandable (of, say, a theory). Noun ראה (ro'eh) means either seer, or prophetic vision, and noun מראה (mar'a) means either vision as means of revelation, or mirror. Nouns ראית (re'ut) and ראות (re'ut) mean a looking. Nouns ראי (ro'i) and מראה (mar'eh) mean sight or appearance. Adjective ראה (ra'eh) means seeing.
The double yod in our name is rare because double yods usually contract to one. It's so rare even that BDB Theological Dictionary confidently states "= יראיה".
For a meaning of the name Irijah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Sees. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has He Will See The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Yah Seeth.