🔼The name Nehemiah: Summary
- Yah Comforts, Consolation Is Yah
- From (1) the verb נחם (naham), to be sorry or to comfort, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Nehemiah in the Bible
There are three Nehemiah's mentioned in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Nehemiah
The name Nehemiah consists of two parts. The first part of the name Nehemiah comes from the verb נחם (naham), meaning to comfort:
The verb נחם (naham) basically means to be sorry. It may mean to have regret but also to have compassion and often to comfort and console whoever one is sorry for. This verb often describes God's attitude toward mankind.
Noun נחם (noham) means sorrow or repentance. Nouns נחום (nihum) and נחמה (nehama) mean comfort or compassion. Noun תנחום (tanhum) meaning consolation.
The second part of the name Nehemiah is יה, the abbreviated form of יהוה, or YHWH, the Name of God .
The two parts of the name Nehemiah put together means something like The Lord Is Comfort.
For a meaning of the name Nehemiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Has Comforted. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Comfort Of The Lord.