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(Heb. Zebaayah', זְבִדְיָה [thrice in the prolonged form Zebadya'hu, זַבִדְיָהיּ 1 Chronicles 26:2; 2 Chronicles 17:8; 2 Chronicles 19:11], gift of Jehovah; Sept. Ζαβαδία or Ζαβαδίας v r Ζαβδίας or Ζαβδία etc.), the name of several Israelites. (See ZABIEL).

1. A Benjamite of the "sons" of Beriah (1 Chronicles 8:15). B.C. cir. 1618.

2. A Benjamite of the "sons" of Elpaal (1 Chronicles 8:17). B.C. cir. 1618.

3. One of the two sons of Jeroham of Gedor, a Benjamite who joined the fortunes of David in his retreat at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:7). B.C. 1054.

4. A Levite, third son of Meshelemiah the Korhite (1 Chronicles 26:2). B.C. 1043.

5. Son of Asahel (Joab's brother), and commander with his father of the fourth contingent of David's troops (1 Chronicles 27:7). B.C. 1014.

6. One of the two Levites who were sent with others in the third year of Jehoshaphat to teach the law in the cities of Judah (2 Chronicles 17:8). B.C. 910.

7. The son of Ishmael and prince of the house of Judah in the reign of Jehoshaphat, who, in conjunction with Amariah the chief priest, was appointed to the superintendence of the Levites, priests and chief men who had to decide all causes, civil and ecclesiastical, which were brought before them (2 Chronicles 19:11). B.C. 895. They possibly may have formed a kind of court of appeal, Zebadiah acting for the interests of the king, and Amariah being the supreme authority in ecclesiastical matters.

8. Son of Michael of the "sons" of Shephatiah, who returned with Ezra from Babylon with eighty male relatives (Ezra 8:8). B.C. 459.

9. A priest of the "sons" of Immer, who divorced his Gentile wife married after the Exile (Ezra 10:20). B.C. 458.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Zebadiah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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