(Hil·kiʹah) [Jehovah is the portion].
1. A Levite of the family of Merari; son of Amzi and forefather of the Ethan appointed by David as a singer at the sanctuary.—1 Chron. 6:31, 32, 44-46.
2. A Levite gatekeeper of the family of Merari who received this assignment in David’s time; a son of Hosah.—1 Chron. 26:10-12.
3. Father of the Eliakim who was an official in King Hezekiah’s court.—2 Ki. 18:37.
4. The high priest in the days of King Josiah; son of Shallum and father of Azariah; apparently a forefather of Ezra the copyist. (2 Ki. 22:3, 4; 1 Chron. 6:13; Ezra 7:1, 2, 6) Hilkiah, as high priest, figured prominently in the restoration of true worship undertaken by Josiah. During the course of the temple repair work, Hilkiah found the very “book of Jehovah’s law by the hand of Moses.” What made the find outstanding was most likely the manuscript’s being the original book written by Moses. Hilkiah gave it to Shaphan the secretary, who took the manuscript to the king. Upon hearing Shaphan read the book, King Josiah dispatched a delegation headed by High Priest Hilkiah to Huldah the prophetess to inquire of Jehovah in his behalf and in behalf of the people.—2 Ki. 22:3-14; 2 Chron. 34:14.
5. Father of Jeremiah the prophet; a priest in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.—Jer. 1:1.
6. Father of the Gemariah whom King Zedekiah sent along with Elasah to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon.—Jer. 29:3.
7. A Levite priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel.—Neh. 12:1, 7.
8. One of those standing at Ezra’s right hand on the occasion of his reading the Law to the people.—Neh. 8:2-4.
9. The name of a priestly paternal house in the days of Nehemiah the governor.—Neh. 12:12, 21, 26.