A Levite, who, with his "children," returned from the Babylonian captivity to Jerusalem and helped in rebuilding the Temple (Ezra 2:40; 3:9). A man by this name, possibly the same man, is mentioned several times in the book of Nehemiah; he joined in sealing the covenant (Neh. 10:9).
Meta. An inherently spiritual ideal in consciousness, founded on the innate knowledge of God, divine principle, as being from the beginning of time (God aforetimes, primeval God), serving God or ministering to the individual who gives it place (before God, i. e., servant or minister).
Since God is from everlasting to everlasting (God eternal), has always existed, and is the Source of all, man and the creation came from Him and are constantly being sustained and blessed by Him. Not only were all things made by Him but by Him all things continue to exist. The universe and man would pass quickly out of existence could they be separated in ever so small a degree from the omnipresent life, intelligence, and substance that are God, and with which man comes into conscious touch within his own soul (God of the east, east referring to the innermost of man's being).