The Prayer Of Jabez

From what I can gather, Jabez is not mentioned in the Bible other than 1 Chronicles.  “Jabez” is mentioned as a place in chapter 2, and other than that, the man called Jabez is only mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4…

1 Chronicles 4:8-10
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.”  Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain.” And God granted his request.

I was driving my kids to the park for a playdate this morning and this scripture came to mind.

Now, depending on the version it sometimes says “that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me” (New American Standard Bible) or something to that effect.  The version that I’m using today (HCSB) as well as the New King James Version states it this way: that  I will not cause any pain.  I don’t know about you but I love reading from different versions.

Poor guy.  His mom called him pain, he might have been known as a pain, and he just didn’t want to be a pain.

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