Jabez or Jabes 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"; his mother stated "I gave birth to him in pain". Jabez was labelled with "sorrow" at birth, but his prayer against contracting sorrow nullified the label. His life contradicted his name.
Jabez is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 2:55, possibly as a place name.
^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.
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