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Nathan

Meaning: given

This was the name of 3 biblical men.

  1. Prophet Nathan

    He was a prophet during the reigns of King David and King Solomon (2 Chr. 9:29).

    He is first mentioned in connection with the arrangements David made for the building of the temple (2 Sam. 7:2-3, 17), and next appears as the reprover of David on account of his sin with Bathsheba (12:1-14).

    He was charged with the education of Solomon (12:25), at whose inauguration to the throne he took a prominent part (1 Kings 1:8, 10-11, 22-45).

    His two sons, Zabad (1 Chr. 2:36) and Azariah (1 Kings 4:5) occupied places of honor at the king’s court.

    He last appears in assisting David in reorganizing the public worship (2 Chr. 29:25).

    He seems to have written a life of David, and also a life of Solomon (1 Chr. 29:29; 2 Chr. 9:29).

  2. Prince Nathan, a son of David, by Bathsheba (2 Sam. 5:14)

    His name appears in the genealogy of Mary, the mother of our Lord (Luke 3:31).

  3. Nathan, a man sent for by Ezra (Ezra 8:16)

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