1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV)
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
Jabez, who is remembered for the Prayer of Jabez, is only mentioned three times in the Bible: I Chronicles 2:55, I Chronicles 4:9, and I Chronicles 4:10. Verse 4:9 reveals his the eminence of his character as “more honorable than his brothers” indicates that his relationship with God was exceptionally noteworthy. Additionally, we learn the eponym of his name which means “he causes pain” given to him by his mother as a result of the pain experienced during childbirth.
In verse 10, Jabez makes four petitions in his prayer.
“Bless Me Indeed” – He sought God’s provision and favor in abundance without question, truly, and undeniably.
- “Enlarge My Territory” – He desired to be prosperous in his endeavors. Jabez acknowledged God as the true center of his work and God’s help is necessary for his work to be prosperous.
- “Let your hand be with me.” – He wanted God’s continuous presence in all that he endeavored to do. Jabez wanted God’s guidance, protection, and strength.
“Keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!” – This portion of Jabez prayer was for protection from evil. The evil that derives from the adversary, sin, his enemies’ plots, and the world.
Similar to Solomon’s prayer for wisdom, Jabez acknowledged God in all his ways by requesting that God provide him with divine blessings, protection, and prosperity. The tone of this prayer indicates Jabez had the resolve to devote himself to God. Verse 10 concludes with God honoring Jabez requests. Jabez was successful in his endeavors and in conflict.