JAHZEIAH (ja-zī'-a, Heb. yahzeyâh, God sees). One of four who opposed Ezra’s plan to rid Israel of alien wives married during the Captivity (
JAHZEIAH jä ze’ ə (יַחְזְיָ֥ה, Yahweh sees). One of four men who either supported or opposed Ezra when he ordered Israelites to divorce their foreign wives (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ja-ze’-ya, ja’-ze-ya (yachzeyah, "Yah sees"): In
See Jonathan, 9.
Two translations of the Hebrew phrase (`amadh `al-zo’th) are given:
(1) "stood over this matter," i.e. supported Ezra; so the("were employed in this matter"), and so Septuagint, 1 Esdras 9:14, the margin. This is supported by 9:4, "Let now our princes be appointed for all the assembly," where the same phrase is found.
(2) the Revised Version (British and American) "stood up against this matter," so BDB, Gesenius, Bertheau, Stade.
Both translations can be supported by parallels in Hebrew. The context is better suited by the former rendering.