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HEBREW: 281 hyxa 'Achiyah or (prolonged) whyxa 'Achiyahuw
NAVE: Ahiah Ahijah
EBD: Ahijah
Ahi Or Ah | Ahiam | Ahian | Ahiezer | Ahihud | Ahijah | Ahikam | Ahilud | Ahimaaz | Ahiman | Ahimoth


In Bible versions:

Ahiah: AVS TEV
an Israelite chief who signed the covenant to keep God's law
great grandson of Eli; brother of Ahimelech
son of Shisha; secretary of King Solomon
prophet from Shiloh in Jeroboam's time
a man of Issachar; father of Baasha who killed Jeroboam
son of Jerahmeel of Judah
son of Ehud son of Gera of Benjamin
a man from Beth-Pelet; one of David's military elite
a Levite guard of the Temple treasure under David

brother of the Lord ( --> same as Ahijah)
brother of the Lord ( --> same as Ahiah)
Arts Topics: Ahijah's Prophecy against Jeroboam


Strongs #0281: hyxa 'Achiyah or (prolonged) whyxa 'Achiyahuw

Ahiah or Ahijah = "brother of Jehovah (Yahu)"

1) grandson of Phinehas
2) scribe of Solomon
3) a prophet who predicted the revolt of the Northern tribes
4) father of Baasha, who usurped the Northern throne
5) grandson of Hezron (or mother of 1-4 above)
6) a Benjamite, son of Ehud
7) one of David's heroes
8) a Levite during David's time
9) a chief man under Nehemiah

281 'Achiyah akh-ee-yaw

or (prolonged) pAchiyahuw {akh-ee-yaw'-hoo}; from 251 and
3050; brother (i.e. worshipper) of Jah; Achijah, the name of
nine Israelites:-Ahiah, Ahijah.
see HEBREW for 0251
see HEBREW for 03050

Ahijah [EBD]

brother (i.e., "friend") of Jehovah. (1.) One of the sons of Bela (1 Chr. 8:7, R.V.). In A.V. called "Ahiah."

(2.) One of the five sons of Jerahmeel, who was great-grandson of Judah (1 Chr. 2:25).

(3.) Son of Ahitub (1 Sam. 14:3, 18), Ichabod's brother; the same probably as Ahimelech, who was high priest at Nob in the reign of Saul (1 Sam. 22:11). Some, however, suppose that Ahimelech was the brother of Ahijah, and that they both officiated as high priests, Ahijah at Gibeah or Kirjath-jearim, and Ahimelech at Nob.

(4.) A Pelonite, one of David's heroes (1 Chr. 11:36); called also Eliam (2 Sam. 23:34).

(5.) A Levite having charge of the sacred treasury in the temple (1 Chr. 26:20).

(6.) One of Solomon's secretaries (1 Kings 4:3).

(7.) A prophet of Shiloh (1 Kings 11:29; 14:2), called the "Shilonite," in the days of Rehoboam. We have on record two of his remarkable prophecies, 1 Kings 11:31-39, announcing the rending of the ten tribes from Solomon; and 1 Kings 14:6-16, delivered to Jeroboam's wife, foretelling the death of Abijah the king's son, the destruction of Jeroboam's house, and the captivity of Israel "beyond the river." Jeroboam bears testimony to the high esteem in which he was held as a prophet of God (1 Kings 14:2,3).

Ahiah [NAVE]

1. Grandson of Phinehas, 1 Sam. 14:3, 18.
2. One of Solomon's scribes, 1 Kin. 4:3.
3. A Benjamite, 1 Chr. 8:7.

Ahijah [NAVE]

AHIJAH, called also Ahiah.
1. Son of Bela, 1 Chr. 8:7.
2. Son of Jerahmeel, 1 Chr. 2:25.
3. A priest in Shiloh, probably identical with Ahimelech, mentioned in 1 Sam. 22:11.
Was priest in Saul's reign, 1 Sam. 14:3, 18.
Slain, 1 Sam. 22:11-19.
4. One of David's heroes, 1 Chr. 11:36.
Called also Eliam, 2 Sam. 23:34.
5. A Levite who was treasurer in the tabernacle, 1 Chr. 26:20.
6. Son of Shisha, 1 Kin. 4:3.
7. A prophet in Shiloh, 1 Kin. 11:29-39.
8. Father of Baasha, 1 Kin. 15:27, 33; 2 Kin. 9:9.
9. An Israelite, who subscribed to the covenant of Nehemiah, Neh. 10:26.


(friend of Jehovah).
  1. Son of Ahitub, grandson of Phinehas and great-grandson of Eli, succeeded his father as high priest in the reign of Saul. (1 Samuel 14:3,18) Ahiah is probably the same person as Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. (B.C. 980.)
  2. One of Solomon?s princes. (1 Kings 4:3)
  3. A prophet of Shiloh, (1 Kings 14:2) hence called the Shilonite, (1 Kings 11:29) of whom we have two remarkable prophecies extant, the one in (1 Kings 11:30-39) addressed to Jeroboam, announcing the rending of the ten tribes from Solomon; the other in (1 Kings 14:6-16) in which he foretold the death of Abijah, the king?s son, who was sick, and the destruction of Jeroboam?s house on account of the images which he had set up. (1 Kings 14:2,3) (B.C. about 956.)
  4. Father of Baasha king of Israel. (1 Kings 15:27,33)
  5. Son of Jerahmeel. (1 Chronicles 2:25)
  6. Son of Bela. (1 Chronicles 8:7)
  7. One of David?s mighty men. (1 Chronicles 11:36)
  8. A Levite in David?s reign. (1 Chronicles 26:20)
  9. One of the "heads of the people" who joined in the covenant with Nehemiah. (Nehemiah 10:26)




AHIAH - a-hi'-a: A variant in the King James Version (1 Sam 14:3,18; 1 Ki 4:3; 1 Ch 8:7) for AHIJAH, which see. Also in the Revised Version (British and American) (Neh 10:26).


AHIJAH - a-hi'-ja ('achiyah or 'achiyahu, "brother of Yahweh," "my brother is Yahweh," "Yah is brother." In the King James Version the name sometimes appears as Ahiah):

(1) One of the sons of Jerahmeel the great-grandson of Judah (1 Ch 2:25).

(2) A descendant of Benjamin (1 Ch 8:7).

(3) The son of Ahitub, priest in the time of King Saul (1 Sam 14:3,18). Either he is the same with Ahimelech, who is mentioned later, or he is the father or brother of Ahimelech. He is introduced to us when Saul has been so long on the throne that his son Jonathan is a man grown and a warrior. He is in attendance upon Saul, evidently as an official priest, "wearing an ephod." When Saul wishes direction from God he asks the priest to bring hither the ark; but then, without waiting for the message, Saul counts the confusion in the Philistine camp a sufficient indication of the will of Providence, and hurries off to the attack. Some copies of the Greek here read "ephod" instead of "ark," but the documentary evidence in favor of that reading is far from decisive. If the Hebrew reading is correct, then the seclusion of the ark, from the time of its return from Philistia to the time of David, was not so absolute as many have supposed.


(4) One of David's mighty men, according to the list in 1 Ch 11:36. The corresponding name in the list in 2 Sam 23:34 is Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite.

(5) A Levite of David's time who had charge of certain treasures connected with the house of God (1 Ch 26:20). The Greek copies presuppose the slightly different text which would give in English "and their brethren," instead of Ahijah. This is accepted by many scholars, and it is at least more plausible than most of the proposed corrections of the Hebrew text by the Greek.

(6) Son of Sinsha and brother of Elihoreph (1 Ki 4:3). The two brothers were scribes of Solomon. Can the scribes Ahijah and Shemaiah (1 Ch 24:6) be identified with the men of the same names who, later, were known as distinguished prophets? Sinsha is probably the same with Shavsha (1 Ch 18:16; compare 2 Sam 8:17; 20:25), who was scribe under David, the office in this case descending from father to son.

(7) The distinguished prophet of Shiloh, who was interested in Jeroboam I. In Solomon's lifetime Ahijah clothed himself with a new robe, met Jeroboam outside Jerusalem, tore the robe into twelve pieces, and gave him ten, in token that he should become king of the ten tribes (1 Ki 11:29-39). Later, when Jeroboam had proved unfaithful to Yahweh, he sent his wife to Ahijah to ask in regard to their sick son. The prophet received her harshly, foretold the death of the son, and threatened the extermination of the house of Jeroboam (1 Ki 14). The narrative makes the impression that Ahijah was at this time a very old man (1 Ki 14:4). These incidents are differently narrated in the long addition at 1 Ki 12:24 found in some of the Greek copies. In that addition the account of the sick boy precedes that of the rent garment, and both are placed between the account of Jeroboam's return from Egypt and that of the secession of the ten tribes, an order in which it is impossible to think that the events occurred. Further, this addition attributes the incident of the rent garment to Shemaiah and not to Ahijah, and says that Ahijah was 60 years old.

Other notices speak of the fulfillment of the threatening prophecies spoken by Ahijah (2 Ch 10:15; 1 Ki 12:15; 15:29). In 2 Ch "the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite" is referred to as a source for the history of Solomon (9:29).

(8) The father of Baasha king of Israel (1 Ki 15:27,33; 21:22; 2 Ki 9:9).

(9) A Levite of Nehemiah's time, who sealed the covenant (Neh 10:26 the King James Version).

Willis J. Beecher

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