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HEBREW: 2518 hyqlx Chilqiyah or whyqlx Chilqiyahuw
NAVE: Hilkiah
EBD: Hilkiah
Highest | Highminded | Highway | Highways | Hilen | Hilkiah | Hill of Evil Counsel | Hill, Hill Country | Hillel | Hills | Hin


In Bible versions:

father of Eliakim who was head of King Hezekiah's household
a high priest; son of Shalum /Meshulam
son of Amzi of Levi; forefather of returned exiles
son of Hosah; a Levite gatekeeper
priest leader of some who returned from exile with Zerubbabel
a man of Anathoth; father of the prophet Jeremiah

God is my portion
Arts Topics: Jeremiah, Son of Hilkiah, in Various Compositions; Other Portraits of Jeremiah, Son of Hilkiah


Strongs #02518: hyqlx Chilqiyah or whyqlx Chilqiyahuw

Hilkiah = "my portion is Jehovah"

1) father of Eliakim, an officer of Hezekiah
2) high priest in the reign of Josiah
3) a Merarite Levite, son of Amzi
4) another Merarite Levite, 2nd son of Hosah
5) one of those who stood on the right of Ezra when he read the law
and probably a Levite and a priest
6) a priest of Anathoth, father of the prophet Jeremiah
7) father of Gemariah who was one of Zedekiah's envoys to Babylon

2518 Chilqiyah khil-kee-yaw'

or Chilqiyahuw {khil-kee-yaw'-hoo}'from 2506 and 3050;
portion of Jah; {Chilhijah, the name of eight Israelites:-
see HEBREW for 02506
see HEBREW for 03050

Hilkiah [EBD]

portion of Jehovah. (1.) 1 Chr. 6:54. (2.) 1 Chr. 26:11. (3.) The father of Eliakim (2 Kings 18:18, 26, 37). (4.) The father of Gemariah (Jer. 29:3). (5.) The father of the prophet Jeremiah (1:1).

(6.) The high priest in the reign of Josiah (1 Chr. 6:13; Ezra 7:1). To him and his deputy (2 Kings 23:5), along with the ordinary priests and the Levites who had charge of the gates, was entrusted the purification of the temple in Jerusalem. While this was in progress, he discovered in some hidden corner of the building a book called the "book of the law" (2 Kings 22:8) and the "book of the covenant" (23:2). Some have supposed that this "book" was nothing else than the original autograph copy of the Pentateuch written by Moses (Deut. 31:9-26). This remarkable discovery occurred in the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign (B.C. 624), a discovery which permanently affected the whole subsequent history of Israel. (See JOSIAH; SHAPHAN.)

(7.) Neh. 12:7. (8.) Neh. 8:4.

Hilkiah [NAVE]

1. Officer of Hezekiah, 2 Kin. 18:18, 26, 37; Isa. 22:20; 36:3, 22.
2. High priest, 2 Kin. 22:4, 8, 10, 12, 14; 23:4, 24; 1 Chr. 6:13; 9:11; 2 Chr. 34:9, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22; Ezra 7:1; Jer. 29:3.
3. Name of two Levites, 1 Chr. 6:45; 26:11.
4. Two priests, Neh. 8:4; 12:7, 21; Jer. 1:1.


(God is my portion)
  1. Father of Eliakim. (2 Kings 18:37; Isaiah 22:20; 36:22) [ELIAKIM]
  2. High priest in the reign of Josiah. (2 Kings 22:4) seq. 2Chr 34:9 Seq.; 1 Esd. 1:8. (B.C. 623.) His high priesthood was rendered particularly illustrious by the great reformation effected under it by King Josiah, by the solemn Passover kept at Jerusalem in the 18th year of that king?s reign, and above all by the discovery which he made of the book of the law of Moses in the temple.
  3. A Merarite Levite, son of Amzi (1 Chronicles 6:45) hebr. 30.
  4. Another Merarite Levite, second son of Hosah. (1 Chronicles 26:11)
  5. One of those who stood on the right hand of Ezra when he read the law to the people; doubtless a Levite, and probably a priest. (Nehemiah 8:4) (B.C 410.)
  6. A priest of Anathoth, father of the prophet Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 1:1) (B.C. before 628.)
  7. Father of Gemariah, who was one of Zedekiah?s envoys to Babylon. (Jeremiah 29:3) (B.C. long before 587.)


HILKIAH - hil-ki'-a (chilqiyah, "Yah is my portion" or "Yah's portion"): The name of 8 individuals in the Old Testament or 7, if the person mentioned in Neh 12:7,21 was the same who stood with Ezra at the reading of the Law (Neh 8:4). The latter appears as Ezecias (the King James Version) in 1 Esdras 9:43. Five of this name are clearly associated with the priesthood, and the others are presumably so. The etymology suggests this. Either interpretation of the name expresses the person's claim on Yahweh or the parents' recognition of Yahweh's claim on him.

(1) The person mentioned above (Neh 8:4, etc.).

(2) A Levite of the sons of Merari (1 Ch 6:45).

(3) Another Levite of Merari, son of Hosah (1 Ch 26:11). Is he the "porter," i.e. "doorkeeper" of 1 Ch 16:38?

(4) Father of the Gemariah whom Zedekiah of Judah sent to Nebuchadnezzar (Jer 29:3).

(5) The man in 2 Ki 18:18 ff who is evidently more famous as the father of Eliakim, the majordomo of Hezekiah's palace (Isa 22:20 ff; 36:3 ff). Probably the father's name is given in this and similar cases to distinguish between two persons of otherwise identical name.

(6) A priest of Anathoth, father of Jeremiah (Jer 1:1).

(7) The son of Shallum, and the best known of the name (1 Ch 6:13). He is great-grandfather of Ezra through his son Azariah (1 Esdras 8:1; compare 1 Ch 9:11; Neh 11:11). He discovered the lost Book of the Law during the repairing of the Temple (2 Ki 22:4,8 ff); became chief leader in the ensuing reformation in 621 BC (2 Ki 23:4; 2 Ch 34:9 ff; 35:8). He showed the recovered book to Shaphan the scribe, who, in turn, brought it to the notice of the king. At Josiah's request he led a deputation to Huldah the prophetess to "inquire of the Lord" concerning the new situation created by the discovery. The book discovered is usually identified with the Book of Deuteronomy.


Henry Wallace

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