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Jabbok
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Jabesh (Jabesh Gilead)
Dry
Strong's #H3003

Jabesh was the father of King Shallum of Israel. Shallum's reign lasted only one month as he was murdered by Menahem who succeeded him on the throne.

Jabesh is also a Biblically shortened way to refer to Jabesh Gilead (Jabeshgilead). This city was likely located east of the Jordan River and southeast of the Sea of Galilee. In was at Jabesh-gilead where all the inhabitants were killed, except for 400 virgins, in order to provide wives for Benjamite men (Judges 21).

References
Judges 21:8 - 14, 1Samuel 11:1 - 10, 31:11 - 13, 2Samuel 2:4 - 5, 21:12, 2Kings 15:10, 13 - 14, 1Chronicles 10:11 - 12

Jabez
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Jabin
Intelligent, whom God observes
Strong's #H2985

References
Joshua 11:1, Judges 4, Psalm 83:9

Jabneel
Built of God, God causes to build
Strong's #H2995

Jabneel was the name of two distinct cities in Promised Land. One city was given to the tribe of Naphtali and another to tribe of Judah as an inheritance.

References
Joshua 15:11, 19:33

Jachin
He will establish
Strong's #H3199

Jachin was the name of one of Simeon's sons. Jachin is also the name of a priest who returned from exile to Jerusalem and the name of priest who headed one of the shifts serving the temple (1Chronicles 24:17).

One of the two bronze pillars that stood at the entrance of Solomon's temple was also named Jachin.

References
Genesis 46:10, Exodus 6:15, Numbers 26:12, 1Kings 7:21, 1Chronicles 9:10, 24:17, 2Chronicles 3:17, Nehemiah 11:10

Jacob
Heel holder (catcher), supplanter
Strong's #H3290

References
Genesis 25, 27:6 - 46, 28:1 - 20, 29:1 - 28, 30:1 - 42, 31:1 - 54, etc.

Jael
Mountain goat
Strong's #H3278

Deborah and Barak fought and overcame Jabin's army in order to free Israel from his domination. Fleeing the battlefield, Jabin ends up at the tent of Jael seeking refuge. She welcomes the king who soon is fast asleep on her floor.

Jael then silently grabs a hammer and proceeds to drive a tent nail through Jabin's temple, killing him instantly! Her act of bravery is memorialized in a victory song found in Judges 5.

References
Judges 4 - 5

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Jagur
He sojourns, lodging
Strong's #H3017

Jagur was a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 15:21

Jah
Shortened form of Jehovah
Strong's #H3050

References
Psalm 68:4

Jahaz (Jahazah)
To stamp, trodden down, threshing floor
Strong's #H3096

Israel, under Moses, requested safe passage from Amorite King Sihon through his land. Not only is the request rejected, the king attacks God's people at Jahaz. The Israelites, with God's blessing, destroy the Amorites and claim their land. The city of Jahaz is then given to the tribe of Reuben.

References
Numbers 21:23, Deuteronomy 2:32, Joshua 13:18, Judges 11:20, Isaiah 15:4, Jeremiah 48:34

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Jair
He enlightens, enlightener
Strong's #H2971

Jair is a descendant of Manasseh (one of Joseph's two sons). He conquered several large towns, east of the Jordan in Manasseh's land inheritance, and named the area after himself. Another Jair was a Judge in the northern part of Israel from 1079 to 1057 B.C.

Two other Biblical men are also named Jair. The first is the father of Elhanan who killed the huge brother of Goliath the giant. The second is Mordecai's father. Mordecai, along with Esther, helped save the Jews living in the Persian Empire from mass extermination.

References
Numbers 32:41, Deuteronomy 3:14, Joshua 13:30, Judges 10:5, 1Kings 4:13, 1Chronicles 2:22 - 23, 20:5, Esther 2:5

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Jambres
Foamy healer
Strong's #G2387

Jambres and Jannes, the names of which are only revealed by the Apostle Paul, were two Egyptian magicians. They actively opposed Moses and Aaron's efforts to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.

References
2Timothy 3:8

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James
Supplanter
Strong's #G2385

References
Matthew 4:21, 10:2 - 3, 13:55, 17:1, 27:56, Mark 1:19, 29, 3:17 - 18, 5:37, 6:3, 9:2, 10:35, etc.

Jannes
He vexed
Strong's #G2389

Jannes and Jambres, the names of which are only revealed by the Apostle Paul, were two Egyptian magicians. They actively opposed Moses and Aaron's efforts to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.

References
2Timothy 3:8

Janohah (Janoah)
Quiet, he rests
Strong's #H3239

Janohah, also called Janoah, was a city given to the tribe of Ephraim as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 16:6 - 7, 2Kings 15:29

Janum
Asleep
Strong's #H3241

Janum was a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 15:53

Japheth
Expansion, opened
Strong's #H3315

Japheth was one of Noah's three sons who survived the flood.

References
Genesis 5:32, 6:10, 7:13, 9:18, 23, 27, 10:1 - 2, 21, 1Chronicles 1:4 - 5

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Japhia
Shining, bright
Strong's #H3309

Japhia was the king of Lachish who, along with other rulers, sought to stop Israel's conquering of Canaan. Their attempt, however, failed miserably, and Japhia lost his life at the hands of Joshua. Another person named Japhia was one of King David's sons through a concubine.

Japhia is also the name of a city given to the tribe of Zebulun as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 10:3, 19:12, 2Samuel 5:15, 1Chronicles 3:7, 14:6

Japhleti
Let him escape
Strong's #H3311

Japhleti was the location where the descendants of Japhlet lived within the borders of the tribe of Ephraim.

References
Joshua 16:3

Japho
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Jareb
Contender, he will contend
Strong's #H3377

References
Hosea 5:13, 10:6

Jared
Descent
Strong's #H3382, #G2391

Jared represented the sixth generation of humans on planet earth. Son of Mahalealel, he brought Enoch into the world when he was 162 years old! Jared lived an incredible 962 years, only seven years less than Methuselah his grandson!

References
Genesis 5:15 - 20, Luke 3:37

Jarmuth
Heights, elevation
Strong's #H3412

Jarmuth was a Levitical city in the tribe of Issachar's territory. It was also the name of a city in Judah's territory.

References
Joshua 10:3, 5, 23, 12:11, 15:35, 21:29, Nehemiah 11:29

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