Zechariah (Zek´uh-ri´uh; Heb., “Yah[weh] remembers”)

The name of more than thirty people in the Bible, including a Levite gatekeeper (1Chr 26:2; 1Chr 26:14), a Levite harpist (1Chr 15:18; 1Chr 15:20; 1Chr 16:5), and a trumpet-blowing priest who led David’s procession accompanying the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (1Chr 15:24). The more important bearers of the name are 1 A prophet during the reign of Joash (Jehoash) of Judah (ca. 837–800 BCE). The son of Jehoiada, a priest, he was stoned by the people because of his unpopular preaching (2Chr 24:20-23). He may be the Zechariah mentioned by Jesus in (Luke 11:51), though a parallel passage in (Matt 23:35) identifies that person as “the son of Barachiah,” i.e., the postexilic prophet indicated in 3 below. 2 The son of Jeroboam II, who succeeded his father to the throne of Israel ca. 746 BCE. He was the last of the family of Jehu. After reigning only six months, he was assassinated by Shallum, evidence of a period of considerable political unrest (2Kgs 14:29; 2Kgs 15:8-12). 3 One of the Minor Prophets after the exile, associated with the canonical book of Zechariah. 4 The father of John the Baptist. The story of the announcement of his son’s birth and his reaction to it is told in (Luke 1:5-25, Luke 1:57-80).

1Chr 26:2

2Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,

1Chr 26:14

14The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for his son Zechariah, a prudent counselor, and his lot came out for the north.

1Chr 15:18

18and with them their kindred of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah ... View more

1Chr 15:20

20Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth;

1Chr 16:5

5Asaph was the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, with harps and lyres; Asaph was ... View more

1Chr 15:24

24Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, were to blow the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah al ... View more

2Chr 24:20-23

20Then the spirit of God took possession of Zechariah son of the priest Jehoiada; he stood above the people and said to them, “Thus says God: Why do you transgr ... View more

Luke 11:51

51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generatio ... View more

Matt 23:35

35so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdere ... View more

2Kgs 14:29

29Jeroboam slept with his ancestors, the kings of Israel; his son Zechariah succeeded him.

2Kgs 15:8-12

Zechariah Reigns over Israel
8In the thirty-eighth year of King Azariah of Judah, Zechariah son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months.9He did wh ... View more

Luke 1:5-25

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. Hi ... View more

Luke 1:57-80

The Birth of John the Baptist
57Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown hi ... View more

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