Hen

HEN (Heb. hēn, favor)

A son of Zephaniah (Zech.6.14). The NIV footnote has as an alternate reading “and the gracious one, the son of Zephaniah,” in which the son’s name disappears.See Birds.


HEN (ὄρνις, G3998, bird, cock, hen). The female of the chicken or of various other birds, or of certain animals. The word is used only in Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34, where Jesus compared His concern for the people of Jerusalem to a hen gathering her brood under her wings. 2 Esdras 1:30 describes God as saying to the unheeding children of Israel, “I gathered you as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. But now, what shall I do to you? I will cast you out from my presence.”

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(chen, "favor"). In Zec 6:14, English Versions of the Bible reads, "And the crowns shall be to Helem .... and to Hen the son of Zephaniah." But as this person is called Josiah in Zec 6:10, the Revised Version, margin "and for the kindness of the son of Zephaniah" is probably right, but the text is uncertain.

See Josiah.


Mentioned in the accounts of the different disciples in describing the work of Jesus (Mt 23:37; Lu 13:34).