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ISHMAIAH (ĭsh-mā'ya, Heb. yishma‘yâh, Jehovah hears)

A Gibeonite who joined David at Ziklag (1Chr.12.4).Chief of the Zebulunites in David’s reign (1Chr.27.19).

ISHMAIAH ĭsh mā’ yə (יִֽשְׁמַֽעְיָ֧ה, Yahweh will hear). KJV ISMAIAH, ĭs mā’ ya (1 Chron 12:4). 1. One of the band of warriors who joined with David when David was a fugitive from Saul at Ziklag (1 Chron 12:4). He was from Gibeon where, also, the family of Saul had its roots (8:29, 30, 33). He is described as being above the group of warriors in might.

2. A ruler appointed by David to the tribe of Zebulun (1 Chron 27:19). The appointments were part of an extensive effort to bring greater organization to the nation.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(yishma`yah, "Yah is hearing"):

(1) A man of Gibeon, chief of David’s 30 great warriors, who came to him at Ziklag (1Ch 12:4, the King James Version "Ismaiah").

(2) Chief of the armed contingent of the tribe of Zebulun, which served David in the monthly order of the tribes (1Ch 27:19).