🔼The name Nedabiah: Summary
- Yah Has Been Gracious, Spontaneous Gift Of The Lord, Whom Yah Impels
- From (1) the verb נדב (nadab), to willingly give, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Nedabiah in the Bible
The graceful name Nedabiah occurs only once in the Bible. Nedabiah was one of the seven sons of king Jeconiah of Judah, who was exiled to Babylon (1 Chronicles 3:18). Nedabiah's brother was Pedaiah, the father of the famous Zerubbabel, who became the leader of the great second wave of returnees from the exile.
🔼Etymology of the name Nedabiah
The name Nedabiah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of our name comes from the verb נדב (nadab), meaning to willingly give, incite or impel:
The verb נדב (nadab) means to give, donate or volunteer, and by implication to be noble. From it derive the noun נדבה (nedaba), freewill offering, the noun and adjective נדיב (nadib), generous or noble, and the noun נדיבה (nediba), generous deed.
For a meaning of the name Nedabiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Has Been Gracious. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the jubilant Spontaneous Gift Of The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Whom Yah Impels.