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HABAIAH hə bā’ yə (חֳבַיָּ֖ה, Jehovah has hidden). Alternately, HOBAIAH, hō bā’ ye (Neh 7:63). KJV OBDIA ŏb dĩ’ ya (1 Esd 5:38). The head of a family of priests who returned after the Exile claiming priestly descent. Since they were unable to prove their claim, they were not allowed to serve, at least for a time (Ezra 2:61; Neh 7:63).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ha-ba’-ya, (cha-bhayah, chobhayah): A post-exilic priestly family which was unable to establish its pedigree. "Habaiah" is the form in Ezr 2:61; in the parallel passage (Ne 7:63), the King James Version has "Habaiah," and the Revised Version (British and American) "Hobaiah"; in the parallel passage in 1 Esdras 5:38, the form is Obdia, Codex Vaticanus, Obbeia.

See also

  • Hobaiah