Shemaiah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
whom Jehovah heard. (1.) A prophet in the reign of Rehoboam
(2.) Neh. 3:29.
(3.) A Simeonite (1 Chr. 4:37).
(4.) A priest (Neh. 12:42).
(5.) A Levite (1 Chr. 9:16).
(6.) 1 Chr. 9:14; Neh. 11:15.
(7.) A Levite in the time of David, who with 200 of
brethren took part in the bringing up of the ark
to Hebron (1 Chr. 15:8).
(8.) A Levite (1 Chr. 24:6).
(9.) The eldest son of Obed-edom (1 Chr. 26:4-8).
(10.) A Levite (2 Chr. 29:14).
(11.) A false prophet who hindered the rebuilding of
(12.) A prince of Judah who assisted at the
dedication of the
wall of Jerusalem (Neh. 12:34-36).
(13.) A false prophet who opposed Jeremiah (Jer.
(14.) One of the Levites whom Jehoshaphat appointed
the law (2 Chr. 17:8).
(15.) A Levite appointed to "distribute the
oblations of the
Lord" (2 Chr. 31:15).
(16.) A Levite (2 Chr. 35:9).
(17.) The father of Urijah the prophet (Jer. 26:20).
(18.) The father of a prince in the reign of
Shemaiah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. A prophet under Rehoboam, commissioned to charge the king
and his 180,000 warriors of Judah not to fight against their
brethren of Israel, but to return every man to his house,
instead of striving to regain northern Israel from Jeroboam (1
Kings 12:22; 2 Chronicles 11:2), for that the severance is
Jehovah's doing; so they desisted in obedience to the Lord.
Upon Rehoboam and his people forsaking Jehovah, and building
high places, standing images, and groves, God sent Shishak of
Egypt against Jerusalem; he then took all the fenced cities,
and Shemaiah told Rehoboam and his princes, "thus saith
Jehovah, Ye have forsaken Me, therefore have I also left you
in the hand of Shishak." The princes then humbled themselves,
saying, The Lord is righteous (Psalm 51:4; Leviticus 26:43).
When Jehovah saw they humbled themselves He declared by
Shemaiah, "I will not destroy them but grant them some
deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem
by the hand of Shishak" (See REHOBOAM.) Shemaiah wrote a
chronicle of Rehoboam's reign...
Shemaiah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
that hears or obeys the Lord
Shemaiah in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A prophet in the time of Rehoboam
Prevents Rehoboam from war with Jeroboam
1Ki 12:22-24; 2Ch 11:2-4
Prophesies the punishment of Rehoboam by Shishak, king
-2. A descendant of David
-3. A Simeonite
-4. Son of Joel
-5. A Merarite
In charge of the business of the temple during the time
-6. Son of Galal
-7. A chief Levite during the time of David; assisted in
the ark of the covenant from the house of Obed-edom
-8. A Levite who assisted in the divisions (shifts) of the
-9. A porter of the temple during the time of David
-10. A Levite sent by Jehoshaphat to instruct the people in
-11. A Levite, son of Jeduthun
-12. A Levite
-13. A Levite who contributed largely for Passover
-14. A Jew who returned from Babylon with Ezra
-15. A chief man with Ezra
-16. A priest who put away (divorced) his Gentile wife
-17. An Israelite who put away (divorced) his Gentile wife
-18. Keeper of the east gate of Jerusalem in the time of
-19. A false prophet in the time of Nehemiah
-20. A priest who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah
-21. A priest with Zerubbabel
-22. A priest
-23. The name of three men who celebrated the dedication of
new wall of Jerusalem
-24. Father of the prophet Urijah
-25. A false prophet
-26. Father of Delaiah
Shemaiah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(heard by Jehovah).
1. A prophet in the reign of Rehoboam. 1Ki 12:22;
2Ch 11:2 (B.C. 972.) He wrote a chronicle containing the
events of Rehoboam's reign. 2Ch 12:5,15
2. The son of Shechaniah, among the descendants of
Zerubbabel. 1Ch 3:23; Ne 3:28
3. A prince of the tribe of Simeon. 1Ch 4:27
4. Son of Joel, Reubenite. 1Ch 5:4 (B.C. after
5. Son of Hasshub, a Merarite Levite. 1Ch 9:14; Ne
6. Father of Obadiah or Abda, a Levite. 1Ch 9:16
7. Son of Elizaphan, and chief of his house in the
reign of David. 1Ch 15:8,11 (B.C. 1043.)
8. A Levite, son of Nethaneel and also a scribe in
the time of David. 1Ch 24:6 (B.C. 1014.)
9. The eldest son of Obed-edom the Gittite. 1Ch
26:4,6,7 (B.C. 1014.)
10. A descendant of Jeduthun the singer who lived in
the reign of Hezekiah 2Ch 29:14
11. One of the sons of Adonikam who returned with
Ezra. Ezr 5:13
12. One of Ezra's messengers. Ezr 8:16
13. A priest of the family of Harim, who put away
his foreign wife at Ezra's bidding. Ezr 10:21 (B.C. 455.)
14. A layman of Israel son of another Harim, who had
also married a foreigner. Ezr 10:31 (B.C. 458.)
15. Son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, a prophet
in the time of Nehemiah. Ne 6:10 (B.C. 446.)
16. The head of a priestly house who signed the
covenant with Nehemiah. Ne 10:8; 12:6,18 (B.C. 410.)
17. One of the princes of Judah at the time of the
dedication of Jerusalem. Ne 12:34
18. One of the choir on the same occasion. Ne 12:38
19. A priest. Ne 12:42
20. A false prophet in the time of Jeremiah. Jer
21. A Levite in the reign of Jehoshaphat. 2Ch 17:8
22. A Levite in the reign of Hezekiah. 2Ch 31:15
23. A Levite in the reign of Josiah. 2Ch 35:9 (B.C.
24. The father of Urijah of Kirjath-jearim. Jer
26:20 (B.C. before 608.)
25. The father of Delaiah. Jer 36:12 (B.C. before
Shemaiah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
she-ma'-ya, she-mi'-a (shema`yah (in 2 Ch 11:2; 17:8; 31:15;
35:9; Jer 26:20; 29:24; 36:12, shema`yahu), "Jahveh hears"):
The name is most frequently borne by priests, Levites and
(1) Codex Vaticanus Sammaias; Codex Alexandrinus Samaias (2
Ch 12:5,7). A prophet who, together with Ahijah, protested
against Rehoboam's contemplated war against the ten revolted
tribes (1 Ki 12:22-24 = 2 Ch 11:2-4). He declared that the
rebellion had divine sanction. The second Greek account
knows nothing of Ahijah in this connection and introduces
Shemaiah at the gathering at Shechem where both Jeroboam and
Rehoboam were present; it narrates that on this occasion
Shemaiah (not Ahijah) rent his garment and gave ten parts to
Jeroboam to signify the ten tribes over which he was to
become king. (This version, however, is not taken very
seriously, because of its numerous inconsistencies.)
Shemaiah also prophesied at the invasion of Judah by Shishak
(2 Ch 12:5-7). His message was to the effect that as the
princes of Israel had humbled themselves, God's wrath
against their idolatrous practices would not be poured out
upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak (2 Ch 13:7). He is
mentioned as the author of a history of Rehoboam (2 Ch
Shemaiah in Wikipedia
Sh'maya is a Hebrew from "shem" and "aya": Sky,
figuratively, the height or farthest extent of anything.
From the particle shem, deriving from the ancient Semitic
root ShM -name, light, sound, vibration, atmosphere. The -
aya ending indicates that it is without limit. Another more
common meaning is "Listen to God". It has been referred to
Sh'maya, a rabbinic sage who was leader of the Pharisees in
the 1st century BC
in the Hebrew Bible/Christian Old Testament:
Shemaiah, a prophet in the reign of Rehoboam (I Kings 12:22-
a Simeonite (I Chr. 4:37)
a priest (Neh. 12:42)
a Levite (I Chr. 9:16)
I Chr. 9:14; Neh. 11:15
a Levite in the time of David, who with 200 of his brethren
took part in the bringing up of the ark from Obed-edom to
Hebron (I Chr. 15:8)
a reference to Moses the Levite (I Chr. 24:6)
the eldest son of Obed-edom (I Chr. 26:4-8)
a Levite (II Chr. 29:14)
a false prophet who hindered the rebuilding of Jerusalem
a prince of Judah who assisted at the dedication of the wall
of Jerusalem (Neh. 12:34-36)
Nehelamite (Dweller of Nehelam) The designation of Shemaiah,
a false prophet who went with the captives to Babylon and
who opposed Jeremiah (Jer. 29:24, 31-32).
one of the Levites whom Jehoshaphat appointed to teach the
law (II Chr. 17:8)
a Levite appointed to "distribute the oblations of the Lord"
(II Chr. 31:15)
a Levite (II Chr. 35:9)
the father of Urijah the prophet (Jer. 26:20)
the father of a prince in the reign of Jehoiakim (Jer.
Shemaiah Scripture - 2 Chronicles 12:7
And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word
of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled
themselves; [therefore] I will not destroy them, but I will
grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured
out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
Shemaiah Scripture - Jeremiah 29:32
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah
the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell
among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I
will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught
rebellion against the LORD.
Shemaiah Scripture - Nehemiah 6:10
Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah
the son of Mehetabeel, who [was] shut up; and he said, Let us
meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let
us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay
thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.