Meaning: firm, or a gift
a son of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:17, 22; Matthew 1:5-6; Luke 3:32)
Jesse was the father of eight sons, the youngest of whom was David (1 Samuel 17:12).
Jesse was a man apparently of wealth and position at Bethlehem (1 Samuel 17:17-18, 20; Psalms 78:71).
The last reference to him is of David's procuring for him an asylum with the king of Moab (1 Samuel 22:3).
The phrase “stem of Jesse” is used for the family of David (Isaiah 11:1), and “root of Jesse” for the Messiah (Isaiah 11:10; Rev. 5:5).
sons of Jesse
- Eliab—eldest son
He is also called Shimeah (2 Samuel 13:3), Shammah (1 Samuel 17:13), Shimei and Shimma (1 Chronicles 2:13).
- Nathaneel (Nethanel)
- Raddai (1 Chronicles 2:14)
- David—the youngest