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Jesse

Meaning: firm, or a gift

a son of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:17, 22; Matt. 1:5-6; Luke 3:32)

Jesse was the father of eight sons, the youngest of whom was David (1 Sam. 17:12).

Jesse was a man apparently of wealth and position at Bethlehem (1 Sam. 17:17-18, 20; Ps. 78:71).

The last reference to him is of David's procuring for him an asylum with the king of Moab (1 Sam. 22:3).

The phrase “stem of Jesse” is used for the family of David (Isa. 11:1), and “root of Jesse” for the Messiah (Isa. 11:10; Rev. 5:5).

sons of Jesse

  1. Eliab—eldest son
  2. Abinadab
  3. Shimea

    He is also called Shimeah (2 Sam. 13:3), Shammah (1 Sam. 17:13), Shimei and Shimma (1 Chronicles 2:13).

  4. Nathaneel (Nethanel)
  5. Raddai (1 Chronicles 2:14)
  6. Ozem
  7. David—the youngest