The Prayer of Jabez

The biography of Jabez, perhaps one of the shortest in the Bible, is contained within I Chronicles 4:9-10:

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

10 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."

(Quoted from the NIV)
* Jabez sounds like the Hebrew for pain.

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