Jahzeiah

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 (Ezra.10.15).


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 (Ezra 10:15; KJV Jahhaziah). The KJV has the men supporting Ezra, and this view is supported by the LXX and by 1 Esdras 9:14 (RSV; KJV Ezechias, ASV Ezekias). However, the Heb. words in Ezra 10:15 when found elsewhere in the OT express opposition (cf. 1 Chron 21:1; 2 Chron 20:23; Dan 11:14), and the ASV and the RSV have the men opposing Ezra.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ja-ze’-ya, ja’-ze-ya (yachzeyah, "Yah sees"): In Ezr 10:15, son of Tikvah, and a contemporary of Ezra. It is disputed whether he and Jonathan opposed or supported Ezra in the matter of prosecuting those who had married foreign wives = Ezekias, 1 Esdras 9:14, or Ezias.

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 King James Version ("were employed in this matter"), and so Septuagint, 1 Esdras 9:14, the Revised Version 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.