1 Chronicles 4:10
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New International Version
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.

New Living Translation
He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!" And God granted him his request.

English Standard Version
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

New American Standard Bible
Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.

King James Bible
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
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.

International Standard Version
Later on, Jabez called on the God of Israel, asking him, "…whether you would bless me again and again, enlarge my territory, keep your power with me, keep me from evil, and keep me from harm!" And God granted what he had requested.

NET Bible
Jabez called out to the God of Israel, "If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!" God answered his prayer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, "Please bless me and give me more territory. May your power be with me and free me from evil so that I will not be in pain." God gave him what he prayed for.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou would bless me indeed and enlarge my border and that thy hand might be with me and that thou would deliver me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

American King James Version
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

American Standard Version
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jabes called upon the God of Israel, saying: If blessing thou wilt bless me, and wilt enlarge my borders, and thy hand be with me, and thou save me from being oppressed by evil. And God granted him the things he prayed for.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, Oh that thou wouldest richly bless me, and enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God brought about what he had requested.

English Revised Version
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

World English Bible
Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it not be to my sorrow!" God granted him that which he requested.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jabez calleth to the God of Israel, saying, 'If blessing Thou dost bless me, then Thou hast made great my border, and Thy hand hath been with me, and Thou hast kept me from evil -- not to grieve me;' and God bringeth in that which he asked.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-43 Genealogies. - In this chapter we have a further account of Judah, the most numerous and most famous of all the tribes; also an account of Simeon. The most remarkable person in this chapter is Jabez. We are not told upon what account Jabez was more honourable than his brethren; but we find that he was a praying man. The way to be truly great, is to seek to do God's will, and to pray earnestly. Here is the prayer he made. Jabez prayed to the living and true God, who alone can hear and answer prayer; and, in prayer he regarded him as a God in covenant with his people. He does not express his promise, but leaves it to be understood; he was afraid to promise in his own strength, and resolved to devote himself entirely to God. Lord, if thou wilt bless me and keep me, do what thou wilt with me; I will be at thy command and disposal for ever. As the text reads it, this was the language of a most ardent and affectionate desire, Oh that thou wouldest bless me! Four things Jabez prayed for. 1. That God would bless him indeed. Spiritual blessings are the best blessings: God's blessings are real things, and produce real effects. 2. That He would enlarge his coast. That God would enlarge our hearts, and so enlarge our portion in himself, and in the heavenly Canaan, ought to be our desire and prayer. 3. That God's hand might be with him. God's hand with us, to lead us, protect us, strengthen us, and to work all our works in us and for us, is a hand all-sufficient for us. 4. That he would keep him from evil, the evil of sin, the evil of trouble, all the evil designs of his enemies, that they might not hurt, nor make him a Jabez indeed, a man of sorrow. God granted that which he requested. God is ever ready to hear prayer: his ear is not now heavy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - When Jabez grew to manhood he has learnt to estimate rightly the value of God's blessing. He invokes it, and depends upon it. His language implies the confidence that he had in the reality of providential blessing. For the expression, enlarge my coast, see Deuteronomy 12:20; Deuteronomy 19:8; and though we know nothing as matter of fact about the occasion of this prayer, we may assume that it was one when not selfishness and greed of larger territory, but just opportunity, had awakened a strong desire for enlargement of borders. It may have been a legitimate occasion of recovering his own, lost or wrongfully taken from him or his predecessors before him, or of expelling successfully from their hold upon it a portion of the original inhabitants of the promised land of God's people. That thine hand might be with me. Many are the beautiful parallels to be culled from the Word of God for this expression, as e.g. Ezra 7:9; Psalm 80:17; Psalm 119:173; Psalm 139:5, 10; Isaiah 42:6. And that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! This, the last entreaty of the prayer, is the largest and most far-seeing. Warned by his own name, forewarned by his mother's emphasizing of her own pains in him, he thus concludes. Having begun in the evil of pain and excessive sorrow, he prays that he and his career may not so determine and end. He does not necessarily pray to be preserved from all suffering, but from such baneful touch of evil itself, its principle, its tyrannous, merciless hold, as might bring him to real and irreparable grief. Thus closes the whole prayer, each succeeding clause of which has been under the rule of the initial "if," translated with us, Oh that. This well-known Hebrew form of prayer supposes a solemn engagement, and that the answered prayer shall meet with the fulfilment of a vowed promise on the part of the suppliant, according to the pattern of Genesis 28:20. In the absence of that engagement here, we may notice, with Keil, the greater grace of the passage, in that it closes with the statement of the readiness to hear, and the abounding readiness to answer, on the part of Divine beneficence: And God granted him that which he requested. Evidently the thing that he asked pleased the Lord (1 Kings 3:10, 12); although it was in this case some form of riches, and long life for self, and the life of his enemies, that he asked, and was not altogether and in so many words "a wise and understanding heart." Perhaps, also there was in the way of asking, and in the exact occasion, unknown to us, something which quite justified the matter of the prayer, and which thus pleased the Lord. The remarkable and arresting episode could not have closed in more welcome or impressive way than when it is thus briefly but conclusively said, "And God granted him that which he requested."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jabez called on the God of Israel,.... Or prayed to him, as the Targum; though some understand it as a vow, promising what he would do if God would do thus and thus for him; the Syriac and Arabic versions read in the third person, taking it to be what others, his parents and friends, wished for him:

let him bless thee,.... but they are doubtless his own words, and a supplication of his to the Lord:

saying, oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed; the Targum adds, with children; but he no doubt prayed for greater blessings than any outward or temporal ones are, even spiritual blessings, covenant blessings, the sure mercies of David, which are solid, substantial, durable, and irreversible:

and enlarge my coast; the Targum is,"multiply my borders with disciples.''It may be understood of an enlargement of the borders of his country, by expelling the Canaanites that might dwell in it, and of an increase of his worldly substance for good ends and purposes; or rather of a spiritual enlargement by deliverance from spiritual enemies, and of grace as to exercise; and particularly of spiritual light and knowledge, and of the affections and desires of the soul after divine things, see Psalm 4:1.

and that thine hand might be with me; the Targum adds, in business, prospering and succeeding him; the sense may be, that his hand of providence might be with him to protect him, of grace and love to comfort and help him in every time of need, of wisdom to direct him, and of power to keep him:

and that thou wouldest keep me from evil; from the evil of affliction, and especially from the evil of sin, and from the evil one, Satan, and from all evil men and evil company; the Targum is,"and make me companions such as I:am:''that it may not grieve me; alluding to his name Jabez, which he had from the sorrow and grief of his mother; and nothing is more grieving to a good man than the evil of sin, so contrary to the nature and will of God, being committed against a God of infinite love, grace, and mercy, whereby the name, ways, and truths of Christ are dishonoured, and the Spirit of God grieved, and saints are bereaved of much comfort; and therefore desire to be kept from it, knowing they cannot keep themselves, but the Lord can and will, at least from the tyranny of it, and destruction by it: the Targum is,"lest the evil figment (or corruption of nature) should move or provoke me:"

and God granted him that which he requested; as he does whatever is asked in faith, according to his will, and will make for his glory, and the good of his people; see 1 John 5:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. God granted him that which he requested—Whatever was the kind of undertaking which roused his anxieties, Jabez enjoyed a remarkable degree of prosperity, and God, in this instance, proved that He was not only the hearer, but the answerer of prayer.

1 Chronicles 4:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Prayer of Jabez
9Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, "Because I bore him with pain." 10Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested. 11Chelub the brother of Shuhah became the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.
Cross References
1 Chronicles 4:9
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain."

1 Chronicles 4:11
Kelub, Shuhah's brother, was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

called.

1 Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among …

Genesis 12:8 And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel, and …

Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers …

Psalm 55:16 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me.

Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call …

Psalm 116:2-4 Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call on him …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Romans 10:12-14 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified …

the God.

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: …

Genesis 33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.

1 Samuel 1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant …

Isaiah 41:17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their …

Oh that, etc. Heb. If thou wilt, etc.

Luke 19:42 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day…

bless me.

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not …

Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Acts 3:26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless …

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

enlarge.

Joshua 17:14-18 And the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you …

Judges 1:27-36 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her …

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

thine hand.

Psalm 119:173 Let your hand help me; for I have chosen your precepts.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

John 10:28 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

that thou.

Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let …

Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve …

keep me. Heb. do me. that it may.

Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

Psalm 51:8,12 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken …

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said to him, Before …

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

2 Corinthians 2:1-7 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to …

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

God granted.

1 Kings 3:7-13 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of …

Job 22:27,28 You shall make your prayer to him, and he shall hear you, and you …

Psalm 21:4 He asked life of you, and you gave it him, even length of days for …

Psalm 65:2 O you that hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.

Psalm 66:19,20 But truly God has heard me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer…

Psalm 116:1,2 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications…

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that …

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