All the Men of the Bible

Phinehas [Phĭn’ĕhăs]—face of trust or mouth of a serpent.

  1. A son of Eleazar, one of Aaron’s sons, who slew Zimri and Cozbi. He manifested great zeal, was the third high priest of the Jews and discharged his office most faithfully for nineteen years (Exod. 6:25; Num. 25:14, 15).
  2. The younger son of Eli, the priest and judge of Israel. Phinehas, with his brother Hophni, disgraced the sacred office of priesthood and both were slain (1 Sam. 1:3; 2:34; 4:4-19; 14:3).
  3. The father of Eleazar, a priest who returned with Ezra (Ezra 8:33).

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permissio

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