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Who is Jesse?
        (strong), the father of David, and the grandson of Ruth. His genealogy is twice given in the 0. T.. Ruth 4:18-22; 1 Chr 2:5-12, and twice in the N.T. Matt 1:3, 1 Chr 6:5; Luke 3:32-34. He is usually called "Jesse the Bethlehemite," 1 Sam 16:1, 1 Sam 16:18; 1 Sam 17:58, but his full and proper designation is Jesse "that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah." 1 Sam 17:12. This latter verse calls him "an old man" at the time of David's fight with Goliath. He was the affectionate father of eight sons, and a man of wealth and position. 1 Sam 17:17-18. It is remarkable that David is called "the son of Jesse" after his own fame was established. 1 Chr 29:26; Ps 72:20. Jesse was through David the ancestor of the Judaic kings, and thus of Christ. The prophets announced this in so many words. Isa 11:1, Neh 11:10.

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Schaff, Philip, Dr. "Biblical Definition for 'jesse' in Schaffs Bible Dictionary". - Schaff's

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