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Firm, or a gift, a son of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:17,22 ; Matthew 1:5,6 ; Luke 3:32 ). He was the father of eight sons, the youngest of whom was David (1 Samuel 17:12 ). The phrase "stem of Jesse" is used for the family of David (Isaiah 11:1 ), and "root of Jesse" for the Messiah (Isaiah 11:10 ; Revelation 5:5 ). Jesse was a man apparently of wealth and position at Bethlehem (1 Samuel 17:17,18,20 ; Psalm 78:71 ). The last reference to him is of David's procuring for him an asylum with the king of Moab (1 Samuel 22:3 ).

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

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Jesse'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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