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Abia, Abiah [Ăbī'ă, Ăbī'ah]—jehovah is father.

  1. The second son of Samuel the prophet and judge of Israel, Abia, with his brother Joel or Vashni, judged so unworthily as to force Israel to desire a king (1 Sam. 8:2; 1 Chron. 6:28).
  2. A son of Rehoboam (1 Chron. 3:10; Matt. 1:7). Called Abijam in 1 Kings 14:31; 15:6-8.
  3. The seventh son of Becher the son of Benjamin (1 Chron 7:8).
  4. A priest in the days of David, appointed to service in the Tabernacle (Luke 1:5). Also the name of the wife of Hezron, grandson of Judah by Pharez (1 Chron. 2:24). Our study of Bible men will bring out the fact that the same name is often borne by both men and women.

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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