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Hebrew: אֲחִיָּה —transliteration: Achiyyah —meaning: brother (i.e., “friend”) of Jehovah, literally “Brother of Yah” or “Yah is My [Divine] Sibling”

also known as: Ahiah, Achiyah and Achiyyah

This is the name of 7 biblical men—including a prophet.

  1. Ahijah, a prophet of Shiloh

    1 Kings 11:29; 14:2

    He is called the “Shilonite,” in the days of King Rehoboam.

    Ahijah also wrote a book with information about King Solomon’s reign that is described as "The Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite” (2 Chronicles 9:29).

    We have on record two of his remarkable prophecies, 1 Kings 11:31-39, announcing the rending of the ten tribes (Kingdom of Israel) from Solomon; and 1 Kings 14:6-16, delivered to Jeroboam’s wife, foretelling the death of Abijah the king’s son, the destruction of Jeroboam’s house, and the captivity of Israel “beyond the river.”

    King Jeroboam bears testimony to the high esteem in which he was held as a prophet of God (1 Kings 14:2-3).

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  2. Ahijah, one of the sons of Bela (1 Chronicles 8:7, Revised King James Version)

    In the King James Bible he is called “Ahiah.”

  3. Ahijah, one of the five sons of Jerahmeel, who was great-grandson of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:25)

  4. Ahijah, a son of Ahitub (1 Samuel 14:3, 18), Ichabod’s brother; the same probably as Ahimelech, who was high priest at Nob in the reign of Saul (1 Samuel 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.

  5. Ahijah, a Pelonite, one of David’s heroes (1 Chronicles 11:36); called also Eliam (2 Samuel 23:34).

  6. Ahijah, a Levite having charge of the sacred treasury in the temple (1 Chronicles 26:20).

  7. Ahijah, one of Solomon’s secretaries (1 Kings 4:3).

Article Version: September 19, 2019