Nathan [N] [E] [H]

(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 2 Samuel 7:3 2 Samuel 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, 1Chr 14:4 and 2Sam 5:14
  3. Son or brother of one of the members of Davids 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 Esdr. 8:44. It is not impossible that he may be the same with the "son of Bani." ( Ezra 10:39 )

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Nathan'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.