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Jesse

[jes-ee] /ˈdʒɛs i/
noun
1.
the father of David. I Sam. 16.
2.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God exists.”.
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Jesse

/ˈdʒɛsɪ/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the father of David (I Samuel 16)
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Word Origin and History for Jesse

masc. proper name, biblical father of David, from Latin, from Greek Iessai, from Hebrew Yishay, of unknown origin.

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Jesse in the Bible

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

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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