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Na'than. (a giver).

1. An eminent Hebrew , in the reigns of David and Solomon. (B.C. 1015). He first appears in the consultation with David, about the building of the Temple. 2 Samuel 7:2-3; 2 Samuel 7:17. He next comes forward as the reprover of David for the sin with Bathsheba; and his famous apologue on the rich man and the ewe lamb, which is the only direct example of his prophetic power, shows it to have been of a very high order. 2 Samuel 12:1-12.

2. A son of David; one of the four who were borne to him, by Bathsheba. 1 Chronicles 3:5. Compare 1 Chronicles 14:4 and 2 Samuel 5:14.

3. Son, or brother, of one of the members of David's guard. 2 Samuel 23:36; 1 Chronicles 11:38.

4. One of the head men, who returned from Babylon with Ezra, on his second expedition. Ezra 8:16 1 Esdras 8:44. It is not impossible that he may be the same with the "son of Bani." Ezra 10:39.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Nathan'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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