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(Heb. DELAYAH', דְּלָיָה, freed by Jehovah; also in the prolonged form Delaya'hu,' דְּלָיָהוּ, 1 Chronicles 24:18; Jeremiah 36:12; Jeremiah 36:25; comp. ἀπελεύθερος Κυρίου, 1 Corinthians 7:22; also the Phoenician name Δελαιαστάρτος, quoted from Menander by Josephus, Revelation 1:18, and the modern name Godfrey = Gottesfrey), the name of several men.

1. (Sept. Δαλαϊ v ας v. r. Ἀβδαλλαί .) The head of the twenty-third division of the priestly order in the arrangement by David (1 Chronicles 24:18). B.C. 1014.

2. (Sept. Δαλαϊ v ας, Γοδολίας .) A son of Shemaiah, and one of the courtiers to whom Jeremiah's first roll of prophecy was read (Jeremiah 36:12): he vainly interceded for its preservation from the flames (Jeremiah 36:25). B.C. 604.

3. (Sept. Δαλαϊ v α .) The progenitor or head of one of the parties of exiles that returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel from certain parts of the Assyrian dominions, but who had lost their genealogical records (Ezra 2:60; Nehemiah 7:62). B.C. 536.

4. (Sept. Δαλαϊ v α .) The son of Mehetabeel, and father of the Shemaiah who counselled Nehemiah to escape into the Temple from the threats of Sanballat (Nehemiah 6:10). B.C. ante 410.

5. (Sept. Δελαϊ v α v. r. Δαλααϊ v α ) One of the sons of Elioenai, a descendant of the royal line of Judah from Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3, 24, where, however, the name is Anglicized DALAIAH). He probably belongs to the tenth generation before Christ (see Strong's HARMONY AND EXPOS. OF THE GOSPELS, p. 17)., B.C. cir. 300.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Delaiah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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