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
(1 Kings 4:13; 1 Chronicles 2:23) which formed the ancient
3. A Benjamite, the father of Mordecai, Esther's uncle
4. The father of Elhanan, who slew Lahmi, the brother of Goliath
(1 Chronicles 20:5)