Why is Bible engagement down in the digital age? Bible Gateway's Rachel Barach shares some insight.
4:9 Jabez was more honorable. This is a brief example of extraordinary piety in the line of Judah. Blessing through prayer and trust in God is a major theme in Chronicles (1 Chr. 5:18–22; 17:16–27; 21:1–22:1; 2 Chr. 6:12–42; 7:12–16; 13:14–16; 14:11–13; 18:31; 20:5–30; 30:18–20; 32:20–24; 33:11–13). In line with the geographical references in this chapter, the focus is on territorial expansion (1:5 note), victory, and safety through prayer (2 Chr. 6:34 note).