Bible Names A-G: Ahijah
Ahijah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
brother (i.e., "friend") of Jehovah. (1.) One of the sons
Bela (1 Chr. 8:7, R.V.). In A.V. called "Ahiah."
(2.) One of the five sons of Jerahmeel, who was
of Judah (1 Chr. 2:25).
(3.) Son of Ahitub (1 Sam. 14:3, 18), Ichabod's
same probably as Ahimelech, who was high priest at
Nob in the
reign of Saul (1 Sam. 22:11). Some, however, suppose
Ahimelech was the brother of Ahijah, and that they
officiated as high priests, Ahijah at Gibeah or
and Ahimelech at Nob.
(4.) A Pelonite, one of David's heroes (1 Chr.
also Eliam (2 Sam. 23:34).
(5.) A Levite having charge of the sacred treasury
temple (1 Chr. 26:20).
(6.) One of Solomon's secretaries (1 Kings 4:3).
(7.) A prophet of Shiloh (1 Kings 11:29; 14:2),
"Shilonite," in the days of Rehoboam. We have on
record two of
his remarkable prophecies, 1 Kings 11:31-39,
rending of the ten tribes from Solomon; and 1 Kings
delivered to Jeroboam's wife, foretelling the death
the king's son, the destruction of Jeroboam's house,
captivity of Israel "beyond the river." Jeroboam
to the high esteem in which he was held as a prophet
of God (1
Ahijah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, son of Phinehas, Eli's
son, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod (1 Samuel
14:3; 1 Samuel 14:18). The ark of God was in his charge, and
with it and the ephod he used to consult Jehovah. In Saul's
later years, probably after the slaughter of the priests at
Nob the ark was neglected as a means of consulting Jehovah.
It lay in the house of Abinadab in Gibeah of Benjamin (2
Samuel 6:3), probably the Benjamite quarter of Kirjath-
jearim, or Baale, on the borders of Judah and Benjamin
(Joshua 18:14; Joshua 18:28). Saul's irreverent haste of
spirit appears in his breaking off in the midst of
consulting God through Ahijah with the ark and ephod,
because he was impatient to encounter the Philistines whose
approach he discerned by the tumult. Contrast David's
implicit submission to Jehovah's guidance in encountering
the same Philistines (2 Samuel 5:19-25, compare Isaiah 28:16
His rash adjuration binding the people not to eat
all day, until he was avenged on the Philistines, involved
the people in the sin of ravenously eating the cattle taken,
with the blood, and Jonathan in that of unwittingly sinning
by tasting honey, and so incurring the penalty of death.
Saul ought to have had the conscientiousness which would
have led him never to take such an oath, rather than the
scrupulosity which condemned the people and Jonathan instead
of himself. His projected night pursuit was consequently
prevented; for the priest met his proposal, which was well
received by the people, by suggesting that Jehovah should be
consulted. No answer having been given, owing to Jonathan's
sin of ignorance for which Saul was to blame, Saul's wish
was defeated. As Ahijah is evidently equates to Ahimelech
the son of Ahitub (unless he was his brother), this will
account for a coldness springing up on Saul's part toward
Ahijah and his family, which culminated in the cruel
slaughter of them at Nob on the ground of treasonous concert
with David (1 Samuel 21).
2. 1 Chronicles 8:7.
3. 1 Chronicles 2:25.
4. 1 Chronicles 11:36.
5. 1 Chronicles 26:20.
6. A prophet of Shiloh. He met outside of Jerusalem
in the way, and foretold to, Jeroboam, the transfer of ten
tribes to him from Solomon, for Solomon's idolatries, by the
symbolic action of rending the garment on him into twelve
pieces, of which he gave ten to Jeroboam. Further he assured
him from God of "a sure house, such as He had built for
David," if only Jeroboam would "walk in God's ways," as
David did. Jeroboam fled from Solomon to Shishak, king of
Egypt, where he stayed until Solomon died. The other
prophecy of his (1 Kings 14:6-16) was given to Jeroboam's
wife, who in disguise consulted him as to her son Abijah's
Though blind with age he detected her, and announced
that as Jeroboam had utterly failed in the one condition of
continuance in the kingdom rent from David's house, which
his former prophecy had laid down, namely, to keep God's
commandments heartily as David did, Jeroboam's house should
be taken away "as dung"; but that in reward for the good
there was found in Abijah toward God, he alone should have
an honorable burial (compare Isaiah 57:1-2), but that
"Jehovah would smite Israel as a reed shaken in the water,
and root up and scatter Israel beyond the river," Euphrates.
Reference to his prophecy as one of the records of Solomon's
reign is made in 2 Chronicles 9:29. Probably it was he
through whom the Lord encouraged Solomon in building the
temple (1 Kings 6:11).
Ahijah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
same with Ahiah
Ahijah in Naves Topical Bible
1. Son of Bela
-2. Son of Jerahmeel
-3. A priest in Shiloh, probably identical with Ahimelech,
Was priest in Saul's reign
-4. One of David's heroes
Also called ELIAM
-5. A Levite who was treasurer in the tabernacle
-6. Son of Shisha
-7. A prophet in Shiloh
-8. Father of Baasha
1Ki 15:27,33; 2Ki 9:9
-9. An Israelite, who subscribed to the covenant of Nehemiah
Ahijah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
Ahijah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a-hi'-ja ('achiyah or 'achiyahu, "brother of Yahweh," "my
brother is Yahweh," "Yah is brother." In the King James
Version the name sometimes appears as Ahiah):
(1) One of the sons of Jerahmeel the great-grandson of Judah
(1 Ch 2:25).
(2) A descendant of Benjamin (1 Ch 8:7).
(3) The son of Ahitub, priest in the time of King Saul (1
Sam 14:3,18). Either he is the same with Ahimelech, who is
mentioned later, or he is the father or brother of
Ahimelech. He is introduced to us when Saul has been so long
on the throne that his son Jonathan is a man grown and a
warrior. He is in attendance upon Saul, evidently as an
official priest, "wearing an ephod." When Saul wishes
direction from God he asks the priest to bring hither the
ark; but then, without waiting for the message, Saul counts
the confusion in the Philistine camp a sufficient indication
of the will of Providence, and hurries off to the attack.
Some copies of the Greek here read "ephod" instead of "ark,"
but the documentary evidence in favor of that reading is far
from decisive. If the Hebrew reading is correct, then the
seclusion of the ark, from the time of its return from
Philistia to the time of David, was not so absolute as many
See AHIMELECH, i.
(4) One of David's mighty men, according to the list in 1 Ch
11:36. The corresponding name in the list in 2 Sam 23:34 is
Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite.
(5) A Levite of David's time who had charge of certain
treasures connected with the house of God (1 Ch 26:20). The
Greek copies presuppose the slightly different text which
would give in English "and their brethren," instead of
Ahijah. This is accepted by many scholars, and it is at
least more plausible than most of the proposed corrections
of the Hebrew text by the Greek.
(6) Son of Sinsha and brother of Elihoreph (1 Ki 4:3). The
two brothers were scribes of Solomon. Can the scribes Ahijah
and Shemaiah (1 Ch 24:6) be identified with the men of the
same names who, later, were known as distinguished prophets?
Sinsha is probably the same with Shavsha (1 Ch 18:16;
compare 2 Sam 8:17; 20:25), who was scribe under David, the
office in this case descending from father to son.
(7) The distinguished prophet of Shiloh, who was interested
in Jeroboam I. In Solomon's lifetime Ahijah clothed himself
with a new robe, met Jeroboam outside Jerusalem, tore the
robe into twelve pieces, and gave him ten, in token that he
should become king of the ten tribes (1 Ki 11:29-39). Later,
when Jeroboam had proved unfaithful to Yahweh, he sent his
wife to Ahijah to ask in regard to their sick son. The
prophet received her harshly, foretold the death of the son,
and threatened the extermination of the house of Jeroboam (1
Ki 14). The narrative makes the impression that Ahijah was
at this time a very old man (1 Ki 14:4). These incidents are
differently narrated in the long addition at 1 Ki 12:24
found in some of the Greek copies. In that addition the
account of the sick boy precedes that of the rent garment,
and both are placed between the account of Jeroboam's return
from Egypt and that of the secession of the ten tribes, an
order in which it is impossible to think that the events
occurred. Further, this addition attributes the incident of
the rent garment to Shemaiah and not to Ahijah, and says
that Ahijah was 60 years old.
Other notices speak of the fulfillment of the threatening
prophecies spoken by Ahijah (2 Ch 10:15; 1 Ki 12:15; 15:29).
In 2 Ch "the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite" is referred
to as a source for the history of Solomon (9:29).
(8) The father of Baasha king of Israel (1 Ki 15:27,33;
21:22; 2 Ki 9:9).
(9) A Levite of Nehemiah's time, who sealed the covenant
(Neh 10:26 the King James Version).
Ahijah in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: אֲחִיָּה ; "brother / friend of Jehovah"; Latin and
Douay-Rheims: Ahias) is a name of several Biblical
Ahijah the Shilonite, the Biblical prophet who divided the
Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
One of the sons of Bela (1 Chr. 8:7, RV). In AV (KJV) called
One of the five sons of Jerahmeel, who was great-grandson of
Judah (1 Chr. 2:25).
Son of Ahitub (1 Sam. 14:3, 18), Ichabod's brother; the same
probably as Ahimelech, who was high priest at Nob in the
reign of Saul (1 Sam. 22:11). Some, however, suppose that
Ahimelech was the brother of Ahijah, and that they both
officiated as high priests, Ahijah at Gibeah or Kirjath-
jearim, and Ahimelech at Nob.
Ahitub High Priest of Israel Succeeded by
A Pelonite, one of David's heroes (1 Chr. 11:36); called
also Eliam (2 Sam. 23:34).
A Levite having charge of the sacred treasury in the temple
(1 Chr. 26:20).
One of Solomon's secretaries (1 Kings 4:3).
Ahijah Scripture - 1 Kings 14:2
And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and
disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of
Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there [is] Ahijah
the prophet, which told me that [I should be] king over this
Ahijah Scripture - 1 Kings 14:5
And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he [is] sick:
thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when
she cometh in, that she shall feign herself [to be] another
Ahijah Scripture - 1 Kings 15:27
And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,
conspired against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon,
which [belonged] to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel
laid siege to Gibbethon.
Ahijah Scripture - 1 Kings 21:22
And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son
of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for
the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked [me] to anger,
and made Israel to sin.
Ahijah Scripture - 2 Kings 9:9
And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of
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