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Bible Usage:

  • Jair used 10 times.


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary


1. The son of Segub. He was brought up with his mother in Gilead, where he had possessions (1 Chronicles 2:22). He distinguished himself in an expedition against Bashan, and settled in the part of Argob on the borders of Gilead. The small towns taken by him there are called Havoth-jair, i.e., "Jair's villages" (Numbers 32:41; Deuteronomy 3:14; Joshua 13:30).

2. The eighth judge of Israel, which he ruled for twenty-two years. His opulence is described in Judges 10:3-5. He had thirty sons, each riding on "ass colts." They had possession of thirty of the sixty cities (1 Kings 4:13; 1 Chronicles 2:23) which formed the ancient Havoth-jair.

3. A Benjamite, the father of Mordecai, Esther's uncle (Esther 2:5).

4. The father of Elhanan, who slew Lahmi, the brother of Goliath (1 Chronicles 20:5).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

Jairus, my light; who diffuses light

Naves Topical Index

1. Son of Manasseh, founder of twenty-three cities in Gilead
Numbers 32:41; Deuteronomy 3:14; Joshua 13:30; 1 Kings 4:13; 1 Chronicles 2:22-23

2. A judge of Israel
Judges 10:3-5

3. A Benjamite
Esther 2:5

4. Father of Elhanan
1 Chronicles 20:5

Smith's Bible Dictionary


  1. A man who on his father's side was descended from Judah, and on his mother's from Manasseh. (B.C. 1451.) During, the conquest he took the whole of the tract of Argob (3:14) and in addition possessed himself of some nomad villages in Gilead, which he called after his own name Havoth-Jair. (Numbers 32:41; 1 Chronicles 2:23)
  2. JAIR THE GILEADITE, who judged Isr'l for two-and-twenty years. (Judges 10:3-5) (B.C. 1160.) He had thirty sons, and possessed thirty cities in the land of Gilead, which like those of their namesakes were called Havoth-jair.
  3. A Benjamite, son of Kish and father of Mordecai. (Esther 2:5) (B.C. before 598.)
  4. The father of Elhanan, one of the heroes of David's army. (1 Chronicles 20:6)

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(descendant of Jair). The IRA THE JAIRITE was a priest (Authorized Version "chief ruler") to David (2 Samuel 20:26)

Easton's Bible Dictionary

A ruler of the synagogue at Capernaum, whose only daughter Jesus restored to life (Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41). Entering into the chamber of death, accompanied by Peter and James and John and the father and mother of the maiden, he went forward to the bed whereon the corpse lay, and said, Talitha cumi, i.e., "Maid, arise," and immediately the spirit of the maiden came to her again, and she arose straightway; and "at once to strengthen that life which had come back to her, and to prove that she was indeed no ghost, but had returned to the realities of a mortal existence, he commanded to give her something to eat" (Mark 5:43).

Naves Topical Index

A ruler of the synagogue in Capernaum
Matthew 9:18

Daughter of, restored to life
Matthew 9:18; Matthew 9:23-26; Mark 5:22-43; Luke 8:41-56

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(whom God enlightens).

  1. A ruler of a synagogue, probably in some town near the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. (Matthew 9:18; Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41) (A.D. 28.)
  2. (Esther 11:2) [JAIR, 3]