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ELIOENAI (ēl'ī-ō-ē'nī, to Jehovah are my eyes)

1. A son of Neariah of the family of David (1Chr.3.23-1Chr.3.24).

2. The head of a family of Simeon (1Chr.4.36).

3. The head of one of the families of the sons of Beker, son of Benjamin (1Chr.7.8).

4. A son of Pashhur, a priest who put away his foreign wife (Ezra.10.22). Perhaps the same person as no. 6.

5. A son of Zattu who married a foreign wife (Ezra.10.27).

6. A priest, perhaps the same person as no. 4 (Neh.12.41).

See also Eliehoenai.

ELIOENAI ĕl’ ĭ ō ē nī (אֶלְיוֹעֵינַ֗י, unto the Lord are my eyes). The name of six men in the OT. 1. The son of Neariah and father of Hodaviah and six others (1 Chron 3:23, 24). He was a descendant of David and Solomon, and lived after the exile.

2. A descendant of Simeon (4:36), a chief.

3. The son of Becher, the son of Benjamin (7:8). He was a head of the family of the sons of Becher.

4. One of six sons of Pashhur, of the priestly family that had married foreign wives (Ezra 10:22). He is called Elionas in 1 Esdras 9:22. He may be the same as the trumpeter in Nehemiah 12:41.

5. One of six sons of Zattu of Israel who had a foreign wife (Ezra 10:27).

6. A postexilic priest who had a trumpet at the time of the giving of thanks at the dedication of the wall (Neh 12:41). He may be identified with number 4 above.

This name should not be confused with Eliehoenai (q.v.). KJV fails to distinguish in spelling the two distinctly different names.

See also

  • Eliehoenai