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The origin of the name Ezra is Hebrew


This is how Ezra is written in Hebrew:

עֶזְרָא = `Ezra’


The  biblical meaning of the name Ezra is help.


Ezra was the priest and scribe who led the reforms of the returned exiles in Jerusalem; co-worker with Nehemiah


The name Ezra appears in the bible in the following verses:

Ezra 7:1 KJV
Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

Ezra 7:6 KJV
This עֶזְרָא (Ezra) went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

Ezra 7:10 KJV
For עֶזְרָא (Ezra) had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

Ezra 7:11 KJV
Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.

Ezra 10:1 KJV
Now when עֶזְרָא (Ezra) had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.

Ezra 10:2 KJV
And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto עֶזְרָא (Ezra), We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.

Ezra 10:5 KJV
Then arose עֶזְרָא (Ezra), and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware.

Ezra 10:6 KJV
Then עֶזְרָא (Ezra) rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.

Ezra 10:10 KJV
And עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel.

Ezra 10:16 KJV
And the children of the captivity did so. And עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.

Nehemiah 8:1 KJV
And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.

Nehemiah 8:2 KJV
And עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

Nehemiah 8:4 KJV
And עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

Nehemiah 8:5 KJV
And עֶזְרָא (Ezra) opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:

Nehemiah 8:6 KJV
And עֶזְרָא (Ezra) blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

Nehemiah 8:9 KJV
And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

Nehemiah 8:13 KJV
And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

Nehemiah 12:1 KJV
Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, עֶזְרָא (Ezra),

Nehemiah 12:13 KJV
Of עֶזְרָא (Ezra), Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

Nehemiah 12:26 KJV
These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the priest, the scribe.

Nehemiah 12:33 KJV
And Azariah, עֶזְרָא (Ezra), and Meshullam,

Nehemiah 12:36 KJV
And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and עֶזְרָא (Ezra) the scribe before them.