What does Hanani mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
חֲנָ֔נִי one of the sons of Heman 3
חֲנָ֜נִי one of the sons of Heman 2
חֲנָ֣נִי one of the sons of Heman 2
חֲנָ֗נִי one of the sons of Heman 1
לַחֲנָ֔נִי one of the sons of Heman 1
חֲנָ֘נִי֮ one of the sons of Heman 1
חֲנָ֖נִי one of the sons of Heman 1

Definitions Related to Hanani


   1 one of the sons of Heman, a chief musician of David, and head of the 18th course of the service.
   2 a seer who rebuked Asa, king of Judah, and was imprisoned.
      2a maybe, father of Jehu the seer who testified against Baasha.
   3 one of the priests who in the time of Ezra took a foreign wife.
   4 brother of Nehemiah whom Nehemiah appointed governor of Jerusalem.
   5 another priest who was the chief musician under Nehemiah.
   Additional Information: Hanani = “gracious”.

Frequency of Hanani (original languages)

Frequency of Hanani (English)


Holman Bible Dictionary - Hanani
(huh nay' ni) Personal name meaning, “my grace” or a shortened form of “Yahweh is gracious.” 1. Father of prophet Jehu (1Kings 16:1,1 Kings 16:7 ; 2 Chronicles 19:2 ). 2 . Man who agreed under Ezra's leadership to divorce his foreign wife to protect the Jews from temptation to worship idols (Ezra 10:20 ). 3 . Nehemiah's brother who reported the poor conditions in Jerusalem to him while Nehemiah was still in Persia (Nehemiah 1:2 ). Nehemiah placed him in charge of the military protection of the restored Jerusalem (Nehemiah 7:2 ). Some have tried to identify him with the Hunani mentioned in the Elephantine Papyri, but this is far from certain. 4. Priest musician at dedication of Jerusalem walls (Nehemiah 12:36 ). 5 . Temple musician and descendant of Heman (1 Chronicles 25:4 ). Some would equate him with 4. above 6. Original leader of one course of Temple musicians (1 Chronicles 25:25 ). 7 . Prophetic seer who condemned King Asa of Judah (910-869 B.C.) for paying tribute to King Ben-hadad of Damascus rather than relying on God (2 Chronicles 16:7 ). Asa imprisoned Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:10 ).
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Hanani
God has gratified me, or is gracious.
One of the sons of Heman (1 Chronicles 25:4,25 ).
A prophet who was sent to rebuke king Asa for entering into a league with Benhadad I., king of Syria, against Judah (2 Chronicles 16:1-10 ). He was probably the father of the prophet Jehu (1 Kings 16:7 ).
Probably a brother of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:2 ; 7:2 ), who reported to him the melancholy condition of Jerusalem. Nehemiah afterwards appointed him to have charge of the city gates.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Hanani
1. 1 Chronicles 25:4; 1 Chronicles 25:25.
2. The seer who rebuked Asa king of Judah, 941 B.C., for buying the alliance of Benhadad I. of Syria, to help him against Baasha of Israel, instead of "relying on the Lord his God," "whose eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him" (Jeremiah 17:5). (See ASA.) So Asa lost the victory over Syria itself which faith would have secured to him. Hanani was imprisoned for his faithfulness (2 Chronicles 16:1-4; 2 Chronicles 16:7-10; compare Jeremiah 20:2; Matthew 14:3). But Asa only thereby sealed his own punishment; by compromising principle to escape war he brought on himself perpetual wars (1 Kings 15:32). Jehu his son was equally faithful in reproving Baasha and Asa's son Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 16:1; 1 Kings 16:7; 2 Chronicles 19:2; 2 Chronicles 20:34).
3. Ezra 10:19-20.
4. Nehemiah's brother, who returned from Jerusalem to Susa and informed him as to Jerusalem, 446 B.C.; afterward made governor of Jerusalem under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:2; Nehemiah 7:2).
5. Nehemiah 12:31; Nehemiah 12:36.
Hitchcock's Bible Names - Hanani
My grace; my mercy
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Hanani
HANANI. 1. A brother, or more prob. near kinsman, of Neh., who brought tidings to Susa of the distressed condition of the Jews in Pal. ( Nehemiah 1:2 ). Under Neh. he was made one of the governors of Jerus. ( Nehemiah 7:2 ). 2. A son of Heman ( 1 Chronicles 25:4 ). 3. The father of Jehu the seer ( 1 Kings 16:1 ). Hanani reproved Asa for entering into alliance with Syria, and the angry king cast him into prison ( 2 Chronicles 16:7 ). 4. A priest of the sons of Immer who had married a foreign wife ( Ezra 10:20 ); called Ananias in Esther 9:21 Esther 9:21 . Esther 9:5 . A chief musician mentioned in connexion with the dedication of the walls of Jerus. ( Nehemiah 12:36 ).
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Hanani
1. A seer in the time of Asa, 955-914 B. C. imprisoned for his fidelity. He was also the father of the prophet Jehu, 1 Kings 16:1-7 2 Chronicles 16:7-10 19:2 20:34 .
2. A brother of Nehemiah, who brought to Babylon an account of the wretched state of the Jews then at Jerusalem, and afterwards had charge of the gates of the city, Nehemiah 1:1-3 7:2,3 , B. C. 455.

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Hanani - Hanani. Hanani reproved Asa for entering into alliance with Syria, and the angry king cast him into prison ( 2 Chronicles 16:7 )
Hana'ni - 10 He or another Hanani was the father of Jehu the seer, who testified against Baasha, (1 Kings 16:1,7 ) and Jehoshaphat
Jehu - The son of Hanani, a prophet, sent with messages from God to Baasha king of Israel, and many years afterwards, to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, 1 Kings 16:1-7 2 Chronicles 19:1-3 20:34
Asa - ...
This recourse for aid to the king of Syria, who was an idolater, was very displeasing to God, and the king was rebuked by Hanani the seer. Asa, alas, did not humble himself, but put Hanani in prison, and oppressed some of the people
Asa - Asa was rebuked by the prophet Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:7 ) for relying on the king of Syria rather than on the Lord (1 Kings 15:17-20 )
Certain - Hanani came, he and certain men of Judah
Hanani - Asa imprisoned Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:10 )
Jehu - There was another Jehu a prophet, the son of Hanani, who flourished in the reign of Baasha king of Israel
Hanani - Hanani was imprisoned for his faithfulness (2 Chronicles 16:1-4; 2 Chronicles 16:7-10; compare Jeremiah 20:2; Matthew 14:3)
Table of Kings And Prophets in Israel And Judah - ...
Ananias - This name occurs several times in the Apocrypha: in Esther 9:21 Esther 9:21 ; Esther 9:29 Esther 9:29 ; 1Es 9:43 ; 1Es 9:48 (representing ‘Hanani’ and ‘Hananiah’ of Ezra 10:20 ; Ezra 10:28 , ‘Anaiah’ and ‘Hanan’ of Nehemiah 8:4 ; Nehemiah 8:7 ) and in Tob 5:12 f
Jehu - The son of Hanani, a prophet of Samaria
Hananiah - HananiAH (‘Jahweh has been gracious’). The prophecy of Hananiah was to the effect that king Jeconiah and the captives in Babylon would all return in two years’ time, bringing back with them the vessels of the Lord’s house which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away (cf. In reply Jeremiah declares this prophecy to be false, and that because Hananiah has made the people to trust in a lie, he will die within the year. The words of Jeremiah come to pass: Hananiah dies in the seventh month ( Jeremiah 28:17 ). Governor of ‘the castle,’ who, together with Hanani, was appointed by Nehemiah to the ‘charge over Jerusalem’ ( Nehemiah 7:2 )
Hanani'ah - 595, Hananiah withstood Jeremiah the prophet, and publicly prophesied in the temple that within two years Jeconiah and all his fellow captives with the vessels of the Lord's house, should be brought back to Jerusalem. Hananiah corroborated his prophecy by taking from off the neck of Jeremiah the yoke which he wore by divine command. But Jeremiah was bidden to go tell Hananiah that for the wooden yokes which he had broken he should make yokes of iron, so firm was the dominion of Babylon destined to he for seventy years. The prophet Jeremiah added to this rebuke the prediction of Hananiah's death, the fulfillment of which closes the history of this false prophet. The arrangements for guarding the gates of Jerusalem were intrusted to him with Hanani the Tirshatha's brother
Azariah - Azariah, son of Oded, also called simply Oded, a prophet along with Hanani; encouraged Asa in his religious reformation (2 Chronicles 15:1-8)
Jehu - A prophet, the son of Hanani ( 1 Kings 16:1 etc
je'hu - ...
Jehu son of Hanani; a prophet of Judah, but whose ministrations were chiefly directed to Israel
Jehu - ...
The son of Hanani, a prophet of Judah (1 Kings 16:1,7 ; 2 Chronicles 19:2 ; 20:34 ), who pronounced the sentence of God against Baasha, the king of Israel
Baasha - Therefore, the word of Jehovah came to Jehu son of Hanani: "Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust (which implies that he was of low origin), and made thee prince over My people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made My people Israel to sin
Hananiah - In the fourth year of Zedekiah's reign Hananiah, in opposition to Jeremiah, foretold that Jeconiah and the captives at Babylon would return with all the vessels of the Lord's house within two years. ...
Hananiah broke off the yokes on Jeremiah's neck, in token of God's breaking off Nebuchadnezzar's yoke. Jeremiah said Amen, praying it might be so; but warned him that for the broken wooden yokes he should have iron yokes, adding "Hananiah, the Lord hath not sent thee, but thou makest this people trust in a lie . So Hananiah died the same year in the 7th month. Each claimant to inspiration, as Hananiah, must stand two tests: does his prophecy accord with past revelations of God's word? does the event verify it? Hananiah failed in both. Hananiah's namesake in New Testament is a similar warning in stance of God' s vengeance on the man "whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Acts 5); a foretaste of the final retribution (Revelation 22:15). Ruler of the palace (as Eliakim "over the house" of Hezekiah) along with Hanani, Nehemiah's brother, at Jerusalem. Moreover, Gesenius (from Nehemiah 2:8) thinks habbirah in Nehemiah 7:2 means not the governor's (tirshatha ) palace, but the fortress of the Lord's "house"; in this case Hananiah was a priest
Jehu - Son of Hanani and a prophet of Judah: he announced the judgement of God against Baasha and rebuked Jehoshaphat
Azari'ah - 8, was a remarkable prophet in the days of King Asa, and a contemporary of Azariah the son of Johanan the high priest, and of Hanani the seer
Nehemiah - Through his brother Hanani, and perhaps from other sources (Nehemiah 1:2 ; 2:3 ), he heard of the mournful and desolate condition of the Holy City, and was filled with sadness of heart
Asa - Therefore the Prophet Hanani was sent to reprove him for his conduct
Charge - I gave Hanani charge over Jerusalem
Nehemiah - Son of Hachaliah, seemingly of Judah, as his kinsman Hanani was so (Nehemiah 1:2); and Jerusalem was "the place of his fathers' sepulchres" (Nehemiah 2:3). Probably he was of David's lineage, as his name varied appears in it, "Naum" (Luke 3:25), and his kinsman's name too, Hananiah, son of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19); his "fathers' sepulchres" would be those of David's royal line. In Artaxerxes' 20th year Hanani with other Jews came from Jerusalem, reporting that the remnant there were in great affliction, the wall broken down, and the gates burned. The wall having been built and the doors set up (Nehemiah 7), Nehemiah gave charge of Jerusalem to Hanani and Hananiah, "a faithful man who feared God above many," and set "every one in his watch over against his house
Chronicles, the Books of - Iddo's "book concerning genealogies and the prophet Shemaiah's words," for Rehoboam's acts (2 Chronicles 12:15); "the book of the kings of Israel and Judah" (2 Chronicles 25:26; 2 Chronicles 27:7; 2 Chronicles 32:32; 2 Chronicles 33:18), "the sayings of the seers" (2 Chronicles 33:19, choza ), for many subsequent reigns; "the words of Jehu the son of Hanani" (2 Chronicles 20:34), for Jehoshaphat's reign; "the vision of the prophet Isaiah" (2 Chronicles 26:22; 2 Chronicles 32:32), for Uzziah's and Hezekiah's reigns. Asa's terrifying his kingdom and overcoming' Zerab the Ethiopian's vast host (2 Chronicles 14); his suppression of idolatry with the help of Azariah's prophecy (2 Chronicles 15); Hanani's reproof of Asa's reliance on Syria instead of on Jehovah (2 Chronicles 16). Jehoshaphat's garrisoning the cities of Judah and of Ephraim; removal of high places and groves; sending his princes and Levites throughout the land to teach the people in "the book of the law of the Lord" (2 Chronicles 17-18); reproval by Jehu, son of Hanani the seer, and by Eliezer, son of Dodavah of Mareshah, for his alliance with the ungodly kings of Israel; instructions to the judges; victory over the vast, allied forces of Ammon and Moeb (2 Chronicles 19-20). The names of the scribes before the restoration express the national hope at the time (1 Chronicles 3:19-20): Hananiah (Jehovah's grace); Berechiah (Jehovah's blessing); Hasadiah (Jehovah's mercy); Jushab-hesed ("mercy returns"
Ananias - חָנָן ‘Jahweh is gracious’)...
A very common name in later Jewish times, corresponding to Hananiah or Hanani of the OT
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Also mentioned in 1,2Chronicles are books of various prophets: the “Book of Samuel the Seer” (1 Chronicles 29:29 ), the “Book of Nathan the prophet” (1 Chronicles 29:29 ; 2 Chronicles 9:29 ), the “Book of Gad the Seer” (1 Chronicles 29:29 ), the “Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite” (2 Chronicles 9:29 ), the “Visions of Iddo the Seer against Jeroboam the Son of Nebat” (2 Chronicles 9:29 ), the “Book of Shemaiah the Prophet and Iddo the Seer” (2 Chronicles 12:15 ), the “Story of the Prophet Iddo” (2 Chronicles 13:22 ), the “Book of Jehu the Son of Hanani” (2 Chronicles 20:34 ), the “Acts of Uzziah” (2 Chronicles 26:22 ; written by Isaiah), the “Vision of Isaiah the Prophet” (2 Chronicles 32:32 ), and the “Saying of the Seers” (2 Chronicles 33:19 )
Judah, Kingdom of - Asa hired Benhadad I, of Damascus, to counteract him, for which Hanani reproved him
Jehoshaphat - ...
On his return in peace, in the 16th year of his reign probably, Jehu the son of Hanani reproved him," Shouldest thou help the ungodly and love them that hate the Lord? (compare 1 Samuel 15:35; 1 Samuel 16:1)
Preaching - Shemaiah preached to Rehoboam, the princes, and all the people at Jerusalem, 2 Chronicles 12:5 ; Azariah and Hanani preached to Asa and his army, 2 Chronicles 15:1 ; 2 Chronicles 16:7 ; Micaiah, to Ahab
Preaching - Azariah and Hanani preached to Asa and his army, 2 Chronicles 15:1-19 ; 2 Chronicles 16:1-14 ; 2 Chronicles 17:1-19 ; 2 Chronicles 18:1-34 ; 2 Chronicles 19:1 , &c
Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy - The name is also applied to David's seer, Gad (2 Samuel 24:11 ), and to Hanani and his son Jehu (2 Chronicles 16:7 ; 19:2 )