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Urijah: NASB
the husband of Bathsheba with whom David committed adultery
a Hittite man who was one of David's military elite
the high priest who served under King Ahaz of Judah
father of Meremoth the priest who received the temple vessels
a man who stood with Ezra when he read the law to the assembly
son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-Jearim

the Lord is my light or fire ( --> same as Urielm, Urijah)
the Lord is my light or fire ( --> same as Uriah, Urielm)
Arts Topics: Portraits of Uriah, Husband of Bathsheba; Uriah


Strongs #3774: Ouriav Ourias

Uriah = "light of Jehovah"

1) the husband of Bathsheba, one of David's mighty men

3774 Ourias oo-ree'-as

of Hebrew origin (223); Urias (i.e. Urijah), a Hittite:-Urias.
see HEBREW for 0223


Strongs #0223: hyrwa 'Uwriyah or (prolonged) whyrwa 'Uwriyahuw

Uriah or Urijah = "Jehovah (Yahweh) is my light (flame)"

1) Hittite husband of Bathsheba
2) a priest who built king Ahaz' heathen altar
3) a priest who rebuilt Jerusalem's wall
4) a prophet slain by Jehoiakim

223 'Uwriyah oo-ree-yaw'

or (prolonged) Uwriyahuw {oo-ree-yaw'-hoo}; from 217 and
3050; flame of Jah; Urijah, the name of one Hittite and five
Israelites:-Uriah, Urijah.
see HEBREW for 0217
see HEBREW for 03050

Uriah [EBD]

the Lord is my light. (1.) A Hittite, the husband of Bathsheba, whom David first seduced, and then after Uriah's death married. He was one of the band of David's "mighty men." The sad story of the curel wrongs inflicted upon him by David and of his mournful death are simply told in the sacred record (2 Sam. 11:2-12:26). (See BATHSHEBA; DAVID.)

(2.) A priest of the house of Ahaz (Isa. 8:2).

(3.) The father of Meremoth, mentioned in Ezra 8:33.

Urijah [EBD]

the lord is my light. (1.) A high priest in the time of Ahaz (2 Kings 16:10-16), at whose bidding he constructed an idolatrous altar like one the king had seen at Damascus, to be set up instead of the brazen altar.

(2.) One of the priests who stood at the right hand of Ezra's pulpit when he read and expounded the law (Neh. 8:4).

(3.) A prophet of Kirjath-jearim in the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah (Jer. 26:20-23). He fled into Egypt from the cruelty of the king, but having been brought back he was beheaded and his body "cast into the graves of the common people."

Uriah [NAVE]

1. One of David's mighty men, 2 Sam. 23:39; 1 Chr. 11:41.
David's adultery with the wife of, 2 Sam. 11:2-5; 1 Kin. 15:5.
Summoned from seat of war by David, 2 Sam. 11:6-13.
Noble spirit of, 2 Sam. 11:11.
David compasses the death of, 2 Sam. 11:14-25.
David marries the widow of, 2 Sam. 11:26, 27.
Called Urias, Matt. 1:6.
2. A priest. The father of Meremoth, Ezra 8:33.
Called Urijah, Neh. 3:4, 21.
3. See: Urijah, 3.
4. A priest. Witness to one of Isaiah's prophecies, Isa. 8:2.
Probably identical with Urijah, 2 Kin. 16:10.
See: Urijah, 1.

Urijah [NAVE]

1. A priest in the time of Ahaz. Builds a new altar for Ahaz, 2 Kin. 16:10-16.
Probably identical with Uriah, witness to a prophecy of Isaiah, Isa. 8:2.
2. See: Uriah, 2.
3. A priest. Assistant to Ezra, Neh. 8:4.
4. A prophet in the time of Jehoiakim. Prophesies against Judah, Jer. 26:20.
Fled to Egypt; taken; slain by Jehoiakim, Jer. 26:21-23.


(light of Jehovah).
  1. One of the thirty commanders of the thirty bands into which the Israelite army of David was divided. (1 Chronicles 11:41; 2 Samuel 23:39) Like others of David?s officers he was a foreigner--a Hittite. His name, however and his manner of speech (2 Samuel 11:11) indicate that he had adopted the Jewish religion. He married Bath-sheba a woman of extraordinary beauty, the daughter of Eliam--possibly the same as the son of Ahithophel, and one of his brother officers, (2 Samuel 23:34) and hence, perhaps, Uriah?s first acquaintance with Bath-sheba. It may be inferred from Nathan?s parable, (2 Samuel 12:3) that he was passionately devoted to his wife, and that their union was celebrated in Jerusalem as one of peculiar tenderness. In the first war with Ammon, B.C. 1035, he followed Joab to the siege, and with him remained encamped in the open field. (2 Samuel 12:11) He returned to Jerusalem, at an order from the king on the pretext of asking news of the war--really in the hope that his return to his wife might cover the shame of his own crime. The king met with an unexpected obstacle in the austere, soldier-like spirit which guided all Uriah?s conduct, and which gives us a high notion of the character and discipline of David?s officers. On the morning of the third day David sent him back to the camp with a letter containing the command to Joab to cause his destruction in the battle. The device of Joab was to observe the part of the wall of Rabbath-ammon where the greatest force of the besieged was congregated, and thither, as a kind of forlorn hope to send Uriah. A sally took place. Uriah and the officers with him advanced as far as the gate of the city, and were there shot down by the archers on the wall. Just as Joab had forewarned the messenger, the king broke into a furious passion on hearing of the loss. The messenger, as instructed by Joab, calmly continued, and ended the story with the words, "Thy servant also Uriah the Hittite, is dead." In a moment David?s anger is appeased. It is one of the touching parts of the story that Uriah falls unconscious of his wife?s dishonor.
  2. High priest in the reign of Ahaz. (Isaiah 8:2; 2 Kings 16:10-16) He is probably the same as Urijah the priest, who built the altar for Ahaz. (2 Kings 16:10) (B.C. about 738.)
  3. A priest of the family of Hakkoz, the head of the seventh course of priests. (Ezra 8:33; Nehemiah 3:4,21) (B.C. 458.)


(light of Jehovah).
  1. Urijah the priest in the reign of Ahaz, (2 Kings 16:10) probably the same as URIAH,
  2. A priest of the family of Koz or Hakkoz, the same as URIAH,
  3. One of the priests who stood at Ezra?s right hand when he read the law to the people. (Nehemiah 8:4) (B.C. 458.)
  4. The son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim. He prophesied in the days of Jehoiakim, B.C. 600, and the king sought to put him to death; but he escaped, and fled into Egypt. His retreat was soon covered; Elnathan and his men brought him up out of Egypt, and Jehoiakim slew him with the sword and cast his body forth among the graves of the common people (Jeremiah 26:20-23)


URIAH; URUAH - u-ri'-a, u-ri'-ja ('uriyah, in Jer 26:20 'uriyahu, "flame of Yahweh" or "my light is Yahweh"; the Septuagint and the New Testament Our(e)ias, with variants; the King James Version has Urijah in 2 Ki 16:10-16; Neh 3:4,21; 8:4; Jer 26:20):

(1) A Hittite, who had settled in Jerusalem at the time of David and who had entered David's service. He had become a worshipper of Yahweh (judging from the usual interpretations of his name) and had married a Hebrew wife, BATH-SHEBA (which see). David's sin with this woman occurred while Uriah was engaged in warfare, and David had him recalled to Jerusalem in order to hide what had transpired. Uriah, however, felt himself bound by the consecration of a soldier (compare 1 Sam 21:5; Dt 23:10 f) and refused to do violence to his religion, so that David's ruse was in vain. (The point is missed here by speaking of Uriah's "chivalrous determination," as in HDB, IV, 837.) David, in desperation, wrote Joab instructions that were virtually a command to have Uriah murdered, and these instructions were duly carried out (2 Sam 11:2-27). The inclusion of Uriah's name in the list of the "mighty men" in 2 Sam 23:39 parallel Ch 11:41 is proof of his reputation as a soldier, and the name is found also in 2 Sam 12:9,10,15; 1 Ki 15:5; Mt 1:6. On the occurrence in Matthew see especially Heffern, JBL, XXXI, 69 ff (1912).

(2) A priest under Ahaz, who carried into effect the latter's commands to introduce an Assyrian altar into the Temple and to use it for the sacrifices (2 Ki 16:10-16; see ALTAR). The same Uriah appears in Isa 8:2 as one of the two "faithful witnesses" taken by Isaiah in the matter of Maher-shalal-hash-baz. This description has seemed to many to conflict with Uriah's compliancy in obeying Ahaz, but it must be remembered that (a) "faithful witness" means simply "one whom the people will believe," and (b) the articles in the sanctuary were not held as immutably sacred in the time of Ahaz as they were in later days. The omission of Uriah's name from the list in 1 Ch 6:10-14 is probably without significance, as Chronicles records only nine names from Solomon to the exile, showing that there must be many omissions. The corresponding list in Josephus, Ant, X, viii, 6, contains 18 names, including Uriah's.

(3) A son of Shemaiah, of Kiriath-jearim, and a contemporary of Jeremiah. He was a prophet, and his prophecy agreed with Jeremiah's in regards. Jehoiakim, roused to anger, arrested him, even at the trouble of a pursuit into Egypt, put him to death and desecrated his body (Jer 20 through 23). The story is told partly in order to show the greatness of Jeremiah's dangers, partly to bear record of the goodness of AHIKAM (which see), Jeremiah's protector.

(4) A priest, the father of MEREMOTH (which see) (Ezr 8:33; Neh 3:4,21; 1 Esdras 8:62 ("Urias," the King James Version "Iri")).

(5) One of those on Ezra's right hand reading of the Law (Neh 8:4; 1 Esdras 9:43 ("Urias")). Quite possibly identical with (4) above.

Burton Scott Easton



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