Jabez (biblical figure)

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In 1 Chronicles, Jabez is a well-respected man (ancestor in the lineage of the kings' tribe of Judah) whose prayer to God for blessing was answered (see 1 Chronicles 4:9-10). Moreover, the author paused in this long list to give Jabez a place of honour in the long list of Kings and lineage.

The name Jabez is Hebrew (yabetz = יַעְבֵּץ) for "distress or pain";[1][2] his mother stated "I gave birth to him in pain".[3] Jabez was labelled with "sorrow" at birth, but his prayer against contracting sorrow nullified the label. His life contradicted his name.[4]

Jabez is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 2:55, possibly as a place name.

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  1. ^ Marshall I H (ed), Jabez, New Bible Dictionary (3rd Ed), IVP
  2. ^ Keil C F, Chronicles
  3. ^ 1 Chronicles 4:9 (New International version)
  4. ^ C.F. Keil and F. Delitsch: Commentary on the Old Testament, 10 Vols., Hendrickson Publishers Inc., Peabody, Massachusetts, 1996, reprinted from the English edition of T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1866-91.