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Jabez or Jabes [1] is a Biblical male given name from the Old Testament. It is of Hebrew Origin. 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 4:9-11).

The name Jabez is Hebrew (yabetz = ‏יַעְבֵּץ) for "he makes sorrowful";[2][3] his mother stated "I gave birth to him in pain".[4] Jabez was labelled with "sorrow" at birth, but his prayer against contracting sorrow nullified the label. His life contradicted his name.[5]

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

Jabez may refer to:

Fictional characters:


See also[edit]


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