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Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, "We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.


Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Hebrew: Transliteration:
Shecaniah "Yah has taken up His abode," the name of several Isr. Noun H7935 שְׁכַנְיָ֨ה she·chan·yah
the son son Noun H1121 בֶן־ ven-
of Jehiel, "may God live," the name of a number of Isr. Noun H3171 יְחִיאֵ֜ל ye·chi·'el
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one of the sons son Noun H1121 מִבְּנֵ֤י mib·be·nei

One: God

Refers to HaShem (God), Who is One. This number can also refer to unity. The first place the number "one" occurs is in Genesis 1:5. There one reads, "And there was an evening and there was a morning— one day". Later on in this same book of Genesis, it is stated concerning the man and his wife, "And they became one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). It is very significant that in both of these examples there was a multiplicity for the subject. In the first example, the evening and the morning became one day and in the second example, it was Adam and Eve who became one flesh.

One of the most famous passages in the Torah concerning HaShem is Deuteronomy 6:4 which states, "Hear O Israel the Lord your God the Lord is One." The question that a person must ask himself is what is the connection between the use of the Hebrew word אחד "one" which identifies a multiplicity being one and the fact that the Lord God of Israel is One? The answer is that the Hebrew word אחד can relate to the concept for one as in "unification". There is another Hebrew word that would have been possible to be used if the author wanted to refer to an absolute oneness or singleness. This is the Hebrew word יחיד. In fact, there is a well-known prayer in Judaism which states, "אחד ואין יחיד כיחודו". This phrase should be translated as, "(God is) One and there is no singularity as His singularity." The idea that is being expressed in this prayer is that the Lord God of Israel is One; but not an absolute One; rather there is a uniqueness and a complexity to His Oneness.

The number one is frequently employed to express in the Scriptures one object, such as one man or one tabernacle. This usage would be the simple or common purpose that the number one or for that matter any number, would appear in a Biblical text. Often the appearance of a number does not contain any of the significance that Hebrew numerology might offer. Therefore, the reader must always consider when coming across a verse which contains a number, that the number only expresses an amount and no additional significance. 

Because the number one is often associated with God, there is a unique phenomenon in the Scriptures concerning this number. Sometimes the number one is employed to express a unique relationship that the object has to HaShem. For example,

"And it will be one day, it will be known to HaShem..." Zechariah 14:7

In the text above, Zechariah could have stated simply, "And it will be a day…" The fact that the prophet said "one day" is to convey that this day is uniquely related to God. Similarly, it is stated by the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 37, "one King", "one nation" and "one Shepherd" (see Ezekiel 37:22, 24). Each of these objects—King, nation and Shepherd—has a connection to HaShem. The King and Shepherd is Messiah Yeshua, the Son of God and the one nation is Israel, the people of God. - Baruch Korman, Ph.D. - All Rights Reserved - Used with Permission 2016

of Elam, the name of several Isr. Noun H5867 (עֵילָם֙ ei·lam
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said to utter, say Verb H559 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר vai·yo·mer
to Ezra, "help," three Isr. Noun H5830 לְעֶזְרָ֔א le·'ez·ra,
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"We have been unfaithful to act unfaithfully or treacherously Verb H4603 מָעַ֣לְנוּ ma·'al·nu
to our God God, god Noun H430 בֵאלֹהֵ֔ינוּ ve·lo·hei·nu,
and have married to sit, remain, dwell Verb H3427 וַנֹּ֛שֶׁב van·no·shev
foreign foreign, alien Adjective H5237 נָכְרִיֹּ֖ות na·che·ri·yo·vt
women woman, wife, female Noun H802 נָשִׁ֥ים na·shim
from the peoples people Noun H5971 מֵעַמֵּ֣י me·'am·mei
of the land; earth, land Noun H776 הָאָ֑רֶץ ha·'a·retz;
yet now now Adverb H6258 וְעַתָּ֛ה ve·'at·tah
there being, substance, existence, is sub H3426 יֵשׁ־ yesh-
is hope a hope Noun H4723 מִקְוֶ֥ה mik·veh
for Israel "God strives," another name of Jacob and his desc. Noun H3478 לְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל le·yis·ra·'el
Read more about: Israel
in spite upon, above, over Prepostion H5921 עַל־ al-
of this. this, here H2088    



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the name of several Israelites


Ezra [N] [H] [S] help.  A priest among those that returned to Jerusalem under Zerubabel ( Nehemiah 12:1 ).    The "scribe" who led the second body of exiles that returned from Babylon to Jerusalem B.C. 459, and author of the book of Scripture which bears his name. He was the son, or perhaps grandson, of Seraiah ( 2 Kings 25:18-21 ), and a lineal descendant of Phinehas, the s... View Details


Jehiel [N] [S] God's living one.  The father of Gibeon ( 1 Chronicles 9:35 ).    One of David's guard ( 1 Chronicles 11:44 ).    One of the Levites "of the second degree," appointed to conduct the music on the occasion of the ark's being removed to Jerusalem ( 1 Chronicles 15:18  1 Chronicles 15:20 ).    A Hac... View Details

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New American Standard Bible Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, "We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.
King James Bible Shecaniah And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said to unto Ezra, "We We have been unfaithful to trespassed against our God God, and have married foreign women from the peoples taken strange wives of the land; people of the land: yet now there is hope for in Israel in spite of this.concerning this thing.
Interlinear Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, "We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.