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Holman Bible Dictionary

Zephaniah

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(zehf uh ni' uh) Personal name meaning, “Yahweh sheltered or stored up” or “Zaphon (god) is Yahweh.” 1. A prophet in the Old Testament whose preaching produced the thirty-sixth book of the Old Testament.

2. Priest whom King Zedekiah sent asking Jeremiah to pray for the nation threatened by Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon (Jeremiah 21:1-7; Jeremiah 37:3 ). He reported false prophecy from Babylon to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29:24-32 ). When Jerusalem fell, the priest was executed (Jeremiah 52:24-27 ).

3. Father of Josiah and Hen (Zechariah 6:10 ,Zechariah 6:10,6:14 ), possibly identical with 2. above. 4. A Levite (1 Chronicles 6:36 ), perhaps the same as Uriel (1 Chronicles 6:24 ).

Paul L. Redditt

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Zephaniah'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/z/zephaniah.html. 1991.

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