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Hephzibah

[hef-zuh-buh, -suh-] /ˈhɛf zə bə, -sə-/
noun
1.
the wife of Hezekiah and the mother of Manasseh. II Kings 21:1.
2.
a name applied to Jerusalem, possibly as denoting its prophesied restoration to the Jews after the Captivity. Isa. 62:4.
Compare Beulah (def 1).
3.
Also, Hepsiba
[hep-suh-buh] /ˈhɛp sə bə/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name.
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  • Poor Hephzibah obeyed; she little suspected the heartless trick played at her expense.

  • Hephzibah laughed and said she guessed that was so, she hadn't thought of it in that way.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Nothing could have been more unfamiliar or strange to Hephzibah and me than an ocean voyage and the "Plutonia."

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah was in the sitting-room, reading and knitting a stocking, a stocking for me.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Well, Hephzibah Cahoon, you may never get into a book, but you're livin' among book things every day of your life.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah, who had been shopping on her own hook, did not return until nearly seven.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah Malling loved her son; to her he was the king who could do no wrong.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He shook Hephzibah's hand mechanically, but he did not speak.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They had to be stuffed here, there and everywhere amid my wearing apparel and Hephzibah prophesied evil to come.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We proved to be good sailors; Hephzibah declared it was in the blood.

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Word Origin and History for Hephzibah

fem. proper name, biblical, from Hebrew Hephtzibah, literally "my delight is in her," from hephtzi "my delight" (from haphetz "to delight, to desire") + bah "in her."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Hephzibah in the Bible

my delight is in her. (1.) The wife of Hezekiah and mother of king Manasseh (2 Kings 21:1). (2.) A symbolical name of Zion, as representing the Lord's favour toward her (Isa. 62:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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