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Jesus
Jehovah is salvation
Strong's #H2424

References
Matthew 1:1 - 25, 2:1, 3:13 - 16, 4:1 - 23, 7:28, 8:3 - 34, 9:2 - 35, 10:5, 11:1 - 25, etc.

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Jetheth
A nail
Strong's #H3509

Jetheth was one of Esau's eleven sons, all of which were called chieftans ("dukes" in the KJV).

References
Genesis 36:40, 1Chronicles 1:51

Jethlah
It will hang high, he hangs
Strong's #H3494

Jethlah was a city given to the tribe of Dan as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 19:42

Jethro
His abundance, his excellence
Strong's #H3503

Jethro was the name of Moses' father-in-law.

References
Exodus 3:1, 4:18, 18:1 - 12

Jezebel
Chaste, Baal exalts
Strong's #H348, #G2403

Jezebel was the wife of evil King Ahab. She is considered one of most evil females found in the Old Testament. She encouraged her husband, King Ahab, to pursue idolatry and to lead Israel to do the same. Her bad behavior was so renowned that her name was used in the New Testament as a symbol of someone who leads others into sin (Revelation 2:20).

References
1Kings 16:31, 18:4 - 19, 19:1 - 2, 21:5 - 25, 2Kings 9:7 - 37, Revelation 2:20

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Jezreel
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Jiphtah
He opens, he will open
Strong's #H3316

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

References
Joshua 15:43

Jiphthahel
God opens, God will open
Strong's #H3317

Jiphthahel was the name of a valley that separated the tribal territories of Asher and Zebulun.

References
Joshua 19:14, 27

Joab
Jehovah is father
Strong's #H3097

Joab is the name of three Israelites, one of which was a general in King David's army.

References
1Samuel 26:6, 2Samuel 2:13 - 22, 3:23 - 31, 8:16, 10:7 - 14, 11:1 - 25, 12:26 - 27, 14:1 - 33, 17:25, 18:2 - 29, etc.

Joanna
Grace (gift) of God
Strong's #G2490

Mentioned only in the book of Luke, Joanna was one of Jesus' ancestors. A woman named Joanna financially supported Christ's work and travelled with him during his ministry.

References
Luke 3:27, 8:3, 24:10

Joash
Given by the Lord
Strong's #H3101

At least six Old Testament individuals are named Joash. The most important of these was Joash who was the eighth ruler over the Kingdom of Judah. His reign started at the tender age of seven, the youngest known monarch to take the throne of either Israel or Judah. His rule ran from 835 to 796 B.C.

The Joash found in 1Chronicles 7:8 and 27:28 comes from the Hebrew word which means "Jehovah hastens" (Strong's #3135).

The KJV Old Testament erroneous has the name Jehoash in 2Kings 11:21 and 12:1 - 18. The correct name in these places should be Joash.

References
Judges 6:11 - 31, 7:14, 8:13 - 32, 2Kings 11:2 - 21, 12:1 - 18, 13:1 - 25, 14:1 - 27, etc.

Job
Persecuted, hated, the cry of woe
Strong's #H3102, #H347, #G2492

Two Hebrew words are translated as Job. The first, used only in Genesis 46:13 (Strong's #3102), means "persecuted." The second, and most frequent word translated as Job (Strong's #H347), means "hated."

Job, in the 1660's B.C., wrote the earliest book found in the Bible.

References
Genesis 46:13, Job 1:1 - 42:17, Ezekiel 14:14, 20, James 5:11

Joel
Jehovah is God, to whom Jehovah is God
Strong's #H3100, #G2493

At least fourteen Old Testament individuals are named Joel. The most well known Joel is considered one of the twelve Old Testament Minor Prophets.

References
1Samuel 8:2, 1Chronicles 4:35, 5:4 - 12, 6:33 - 36, 7:3, 11:38, 15:7 - 17, 23:8, 26:22, 27:20, 2Chronicles 29:12, Ezra 10:43, Nehemiah 11:9, Joel 1:1, Acts 2:16

John
Jehovah is a gracious giver
Strong's #G2491

Four men are named John in the New Testament.

John the Baptist was the prophecied "voice in the wilderness" who prepared the people for Jesus' ministry. John the apostle was one of the first two disciples called by Jesus. He wrote five New Testament books during his ministry and was the driving force in canonizing the New Testament.

Mark, who was also known as John Mark (Acts 12:12, 25, 15:37), wrote one of the four gospels. He aided the Apostles Paul and Peter in their ministries.

John, the son of Ananus (Annas) the High Priest, himself served as High Priest from 36 to 37 A.D. (Acts 4:6).

References
Matthew 3:1 - 14, 4:12, 21, 9:14, 10:2, 11:2 - 18, 14:3 - 10, 17:1 - 13, etc.

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Jokdeam
Burning of the people
Strong's #H3347

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

References
Joshua 15:56

Jokneam (Jokmeam)
The people lament, people will be lamented
Strong's #H3362

Jokneam, also spelled Jokmeam, is a city within the tribe of Zebulun's territory that was ultimately given to the Levites.

The king of Jokneam was one of thirty-one rulers defeated by the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua.

References
Joshua 12:22, 19:11, 21:34, 1Kings 4:12

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Joktan
Smallness, he will be made little
Strong's #H3355

Joktan was Eber's son. Eber represented the fourteenth generation of mankind on the earth. The Bible states that in the days of Peleg, Joktan's brother, the earth was divided. This is possibly a reference to the continents separating shortly after the great flood.

References
Genesis 10:25 - 29, 1Chronicles 1:19 - 23

Joktheel
The blessedness of God, veneration of God
Strong's #H3371

Joktheel was a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land. It is also the name given to the city of Selah in Edom when it was captured by Israel's King Amaziah.

References
Joshua 15:38, 2Kings 14:7

Jonah
Dove
Strong's #H3124

Jonah was a prophet sent to warn Nineveh of their impending judgment for their sins. He is considered one of the twelve Old Testament Minor Prophets.

References
2Kings 14:25, Jonah 1:1 - 17, 2:1, 10, 3:1 - 4, 4:1 - 9

Jonathan
Jehovah has given
Strong's #H3083

At least four Old Testament individuals are named Jonathan. The most well known of these was King Saul's son who was a very close friend of King David.

References
Judges 18:30, 1Samuel 13:2 - 22, 14:1 - 49, 18:1 - 4, 19:1 - 7, 20:1 - 42, 23:16 - 18, 31:2, 2Samuel 1:4 - 26, 4:4, 9:1 - 7, 15:36, etc.

Joppa
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