1 Chronicles 4:9

9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,a saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”

Read 1 Chronicles 4:9 Using Other Translations

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in pain."
There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful.

What does 1 Chronicles 4:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Chronicles 4:9

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren
The Targum adds,

``and wiser in the law than his brethren;''

or he might be a man of great wealth and riches, or of great strength and courage, all which make a man honourable; or he may be so called, because a praying man, as follows, a man of devotion and religion, a man of God, see ( 1 Samuel 9:6 ) , but who he was is not easy to say, probably a son or brother of Harum, or however that belonged to one of the families of Aharhel, mentioned in the preceding verse; for that he was Othniel, as say the Targumist and other Jewish writers F26, is not probable, and besides is after spoken of distinct from him, ( 1 Chronicles 4:13 )

and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, because I bare him with
sorrow;
either with sorrow for her husband, being dead, or by reason of very sharp pains she endured at the birth of him; he was another Benoni.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 T. Bab. Temurah, fol. 16. 1.
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