Michai'ah (for the Heb., etc., see MICAIAH), the name of several men and one woman.
1. The queen-mother of king Abijah (2Ch 13:2); elsewhere (2Ch 11:20) called MAACHAH SEE MAACHAH (q.v.).
2. One of the national chieftains to whom Jehoshaphat gave orders to instruct the people of the various cities of Judah in the sacred law (2Ch 17:7). B.C. 910.
3. The father of Achbor, which latter was one of the courtiers (perhaps a Levite) sent by Josiah to inquire of the prophetess Huldah concerning the newly-discovered copy of the Pentateuch (2Ki 22:12). B.C. ante 623. In the parallel passage (2Ch 34:20) he is called MICAH, and his father's name is written Abdon.
4. The son of Gemariah and grandson of Shaphan; after having heard Baruch read the terrible predictions of Jeremiah in his father's hall, he went, apparently with good intentions, to report to the king's officers what he had heard (Jer 36:11-13). B.C. 605. "Michaiah was the third in descent of a princely family, whose names are recorded in connection with important religious transactions. His grandfather Shaphan was the scribe, or secretary, of king Josiah, to whom Hilkiah the high-priest first delivered the book of the law which he said he had found in the House of Jehoivah — Shaphan first perusing the book himself, and then reading it aloud to the youthful-king (2Ki 22:10). It was from his father Gemariah's chamber in the Temple that Baruch read the prophecies of Jeremiah in the ears of all the people. Moreover, Gemariah was one of the three who made intercession to king Zedekiah, although in vain. that he would not burn the roll containing Jeremiah's prophecies." SEE JEREMIAH.
5. The son of Zaccur and father of Mattaniah, Levites ("priests' sons") of the line of Asaph ((Ne 12:35). B.C. considerably ante 446.
6. One of the priests who celebrated with trumpets the completion of the walls of Jerusalem after the exile (Ne 12:41). B.C. 446.