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Dictionaries :: Jabez

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Jabez:

affiction. (1.) A descendant of Judah, of whom it is recorded that "God granted him that which he requested" (1Ch 4:9,10).

(2.) A place inhabited by several families of the scribes (1Ch 2:55).

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Jabez:

sorrow; trouble

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Jabez:

ja'-bez (ya‘bets, "sorrow" ("height)):

(1) Place: An unidentified town probably in the territory of Judah, occupied by scribes (1Ch 2:55). For an ingenious reconstruction of the passage see EB, under the word

(2) Person: The head of a family of Judah, noted for his "honorable" character, though "his mother bare him with sorrow" (1Ch 4:9,10), ya‘bets being interpreted as if it stood for ya‘tsebh, "he causes pain." The same play upon words recurs in his prayer, "that it be not to my sorrow!" His request was granted, "and the sorrow implied by his ominous name was averted by prayer" (Dummelow, in the place cited.).

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Jabez:

(sorrow).

(1.) Apparently a place at which the families of the scribes resided who belonged to the families of the Kenites (1 Chronicles 2:55).

(2.) The name occurs again in the genealogies of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) in a passage of remarkable detail inserted in a genealogy again connected with Bethlehem in verse 4.

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