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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Nathan:

given. (1.) A prophet in the reigns of David and Solomon (2Ch 9:29). He is first spoken of in connection with the arrangements David made for the building of the temple (2Sa 7:2,3,17), and next appears as the reprover of David on account of his sin with Bathsheba (12:1-14). He was charged with the education of Solomon (12:25), at whose inauguration to the throne he took a prominent part (1Ki 1:8,10,11,22-45). His two sons, Zabad (1Ch 2:36) and Azariah (1Ki 4:5) occupied places of honour at the king's court. He last appears in assisting David in reorganizing the public worship (2Ch 29:25). He seems to have written a life of David, and also a life of Solomon (1Ch 29:29; 2Ch 9:29).

(2.) A son of David, by Bathsheba (2Sa 5:14), whose name appears in the genealogy of Mary, the mother of our Lord (Luk 3:31).

(3.) Ezr 8:16.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Nathan:

given; giving; rewarded

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Nathan:

(a giver).

(1.) An eminent Hebrew prophet in the reigns of David and Solomon. (B.C. 1015) He first appears in the consultation with David about the building of the temple (2 Samuel 7:2-3; 7:17). He next comes forward as the reprover of David for the sin with Bathsheba; and his famous apologue on the rich man and the ewe lamb, which is the only direct example of his prophetic power, shows it to have been of a very high order (2 Samuel 12:1-12).

(2.) A son of David; one of the four who were borne to him by Bathsheba (1 Chronicles 3:5) comp, 1 Chronicles 14:4 and 2 Samuel 5:14.

(3.) Son or brother of one of the members of David's guard (2 Samuel 23:36; 1 Chronicles 11:38).

(4.) One of the head men who returned from Babylon with Ezra on his second expedition (Ezra 8:16). 1 Esdras 8:44. It is not impossible that he may be the same with the "son of Bani." (Ezra 10:39).

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