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(Heb. Obed', עוֹבֵד, servant, i. e. of Jehovah; Sept. ᾿Ωβήδ in Ruth, and so in the N.T.; Ι᾿ωβήδ in Chronicles; v. r. ᾿Ωβήδ, etc.), the name of several Hebrews. (See OBED-EDOI).

1. The son of Boaz and Ruth, and father of Jesse the father of David, according to the apparently incomplete genealogical list (Ruth 4:17; 1 Chronicles 2:12). B.C. cir. 1360. The name occurs in the genealogies of Christ given in Matthew 1:5 and Luke 3:33. (See DAVID); (See GENEALOGY).

2. One of David's mighty men (1 Chronicles 11:47). B.C. cir. 1046.

3. The third named of the sons of Shemaiah who were gate-keepers of the Temple (1 Chronicles 26:7). B.C. cir. 1017.

4. Son of Ephlal and father of Jehu, descendant of Jarha, the Egyptian slave of Sheshan in the family of Jerahmeel (1 Chronicles 2:37-38, from which it appears that he was grandson of Zabad [q.v.], one of David's warriors). B.C. considerably post 1014.

5. Father of Azariah, which latter was one of the captains of hundreds who joined with. Jehoiada in the revolution by which Athaliah fell. (2 Chronicles 23:1). B.C. ante 876.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Obed'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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