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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Jair

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  • The son of Segub. He was brought up with his mother in Gilead, where he had possessions (1 Chronicles 2:22 ). He distinguished himself in an expedition against Bashan, and settled in the part of Argob on the borders of Gilead. The small towns taken by him there are called Havoth-jair, i.e., "Jair's villages" (Numbers 32:41; Deuteronomy 3:14; Joshua 13:30 ).

  • The eighth judge of Israel, which he ruled for twenty-two years. His opulence is described in Judges 10:3-5 . He had thirty sons, each riding on "ass colts." They had possession of thirty of the sixty cities (1 Kings 4:13; 1 Chronicles 2:23 ) which formed the ancient Havoth-jair.

  • A Benjamite, the father of Mordecai, Esther's uncle (Esther 2:5 ).

  • The father of Elhanan, who slew Lahmi, the brother of Goliath (1 Chronicles 20:5 ).

    Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Jair'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/j/jair.html. 1897.

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