Uriah (Yoo-ri´uh; Heb., “Yah[weh] is light [or fire]”)

1 A Hittite who was one of David’s “heroes” (2Sam 23:39; 1Chr 11:41). His house was in Jerusalem (2Sam 11:9-11). While he was on the battlefield David took Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, ordering him to such an exposed position during the siege of Rabbath-ammon (the present Amman, capital of Jordan) that his death was inevitable (2Sam 11:12-17). 2 The chief priest in Jerusalem during the reign of King Ahaz (ca. 735–715 BCE). He built a new altar at the king’s order patterned after an Assyrian altar that Ahaz had seen in Damascus. He apparently did not object to other Assyrian-influenced innovations introduced by Ahaz (2Kgs 16:10-16; note also vv. 17–18). His name is also sometimes given as Urijah. 3 A son of Shemaiah, a prophet of Kiriath-jearim. His rebuke of King Jehoiakim (ca. 609–598 BCE) and prophecies of destruction like those of Jeremiah had necessitated his flight to Egypt, whence he was brought back, slain, and interred in a common grave (Jer 26:20-23). 4 A priest, father of Meremoth, contemporary of Nehemiah (Ezra 8:33; Neh 3:4; Neh 3:21). 5 A priest who stood beside Ezra in Jerusalem when he read the law to the returned exiles (Neh 8:4).

2Sam 23:39

39Uriah the Hittite—thirty-seven in all.

1Chr 11:41

41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai,

2Sam 11:9-11

9But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.10When they told David, “Uriah did not ... View more

2Sam 11:12-17

12Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day,13David invite ... View more

2Kgs 16:10-16

10When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. King Ahaz sent to the priest Uriah a model of ... View more

Jer 26:20-23

20There was another man prophesying in the name of the Lord, Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim. He prophesied against this city and against this land in ... View more

Ezra 8:33

33On the fourth day, within the house of our God, the silver, the gold, and the vessels were weighed into the hands of the priest Meremoth son of Uriah, and wit ... View more

Neh 3:4

4Next to them Meremoth son of Uriah son of Hakkoz made repairs. Next to them Meshullam son of Berechiah son of Meshezabel made repairs. Next to them Zadok son o ... View more

Neh 3:21

21After him Meremoth son of Uriah son of Hakkoz repaired another section from the door of the house of Eliashib to the end of the house of Eliashib.

Neh 8:4

4The scribe Ezra stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on ... View more

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