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HEBREW: 942 ywb Bavvay 1131 ywnb Binnuwy
NAVE: Bavvai
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In Bible versions:

son of Henadad; repairer of the walls; ruler of half of Keilah
a Levite whose son (or descendant), Noadiah returned from exile
a layman of the Pahath-Moab clan who put away his heathen wife
forefather of certain men who put away their heathen wives.
a man of the clan of Henadad who helped repair the wall
a man whose descendants returned from exile with Zerubbabel
a man of Levi who returned with Zerubbabel from exile



Strongs #0942: ywb Bavvay

Bavai = "my goings"

1) a rebuilder of Jerusalem's walls in Nehemiah's time

942 Bavvay bav-vah'ee

probably of Persian origin; Bavvai, an Israelite:-Bavai.

Strongs #01131: ywnb Binnuwy

Binnui = "built up"

1) an exile returnee with Zerubbabel, son of Henadad, who assisted at
the reparation of the wall of Jerusalem, under Nehemiah
2) a Levite in time of Ezra, father of Noadiah
3) another Levite in time of Ezra, who took a foreign wife
4) still another Levite in time of Ezra, who took a foreign wife

1131 Binnuwy bin-noo'-ee

from 1129; built up; Binnui, an Israelite:-Binnui.
see HEBREW for 01129

Bavvai [NAVE]

See: Bavai.


  1. A Levite, father of Noadiah. (Ezra 8:33)
  2. One who had taken a foreign wife. (Ezra 10:30)
  3. Another Israelite who had also taken a foreign wife. (Ezra 10:38)
  4. Altered from BANI in the corresponding list in Ezra. (Nehemiah 7:15)
  5. A Levite, son of Henadad, who assisted at the reparation of the wall of Jerusalem, under Nehemiah. (Nehemiah 3:24; 10:9)


BAVVAI - bav'-a-i (bawway; Septuagint Codex Alexandrinus, Benei; Codex Vaticanus, Bedei; the King James Version Bavai, "wisher" (?) (Neh 3:18)): Perhaps identical with or a brother of Binnui (Neh 3:24). See BINNUI. Bavvai, "the son of Henadad, the ruler of half the district of Keilah," was of a Levitical family. He is mentioned as one of those who repaired the wall of Jerusalem after the return from Babylon (Neh 3:17 f).


BINNUI - bin'-u-i (binnuy, a proper name, "a building up"):

(1) A Levite, living in the time of Ezra (Ezr 8:33; Neh 10:9; 12:8).

(2) One of the bene Pachath-mo'abh who had taken foreign wives (Ezr 10:30--Balnuus of 1 Esdras 9:31) and one of the bene Bani (Ezr 10:38) who had also intermarried.

(3) The son of Henadad, who built part of the wall of Jerusalem (Neh 3:24), and sealed the covenant with Nehemiah (Neh 10:9). In all probability he is identical with "Bavvai, the son of Henadad" mentioned in Neh 3:18. "Bavvai" is either a corruption of "Binnui," or is the name of the Levitical house of which Bavvai was the chief representative. Binnui is mentioned in Neh 10:9 as a leading Levite, and, besides, the names in these verses are obviously those of priests and Levites; so the former theory is probably correct.

(4) Head of a family who returned with Zerubbabel (Neh 7:15; Ezr 2:10).

H. J. Wolf

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