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Jabez is a minor character mentioned only once in I Chronicles 4:9-11.[1]

Verse 10 mentions a prayer he made, asking to be blessed and to "enlarge my coast" (expand his territory), which was honored. As such, it gained popularity within the Prosperity Gospel and even within some Evangelical circles (including a book by Bruce Wilkinson on the subject), and was just as routinely condemned by others.


  1. Another Jabez, this time the name of a place, also exists at I Chronicles 2:55; it is not known if the place was named for this character, the character for this place, or neither.