His brethren.--Perhaps the sons of Coz. The form of the Hebrew verb implies connection with 1 Chronicles 4:8.
His mother called his name . . .--Comp. Genesis 29:32-35, and especially Genesis 35:18.
With sorrow.--Rather, pain.
and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, because I bare him with sorrow; either with sorrow for her husband, being dead, or by reason of very sharp pains she endured at the birth of him; he was another Benoni.
(z) T. Bab. Temurah, fol. 16. 1.