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  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: No
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  • Included in Strongs: Yes
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Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

Fortune; luck.

1. Jacob's seventh son, by Zilpah, Leah's handmaid, and the brother of Asher (Genesis 30:11-13; 46:16, 18). In the Authorized Version of 30:11 the words, "A troop cometh: and she called," etc., should rather be rendered, "In fortune [R.V., Fortunate']: and she called," etc., or "Fortune cometh," etc.

The tribe of Gad during the march through the wilderness had their place with Simeon and Reuben on the south side of the tabernacle (Numbers 2:14). The tribes of Reuben and Gad continued all through their history to follow the pastoral pursuits of the patriarchs (Numbers 32:1-5).

The portion allotted to the tribe of Gad was on the east of Jordan, and comprehended the half of Gilead, a region of great beauty and fertility (Deuteronomy 3:12), bounded on the east by the Arabian desert, on the west by the Jordan (Joshua 13:27), and on the north by the river Jabbok. It thus included the whole of the Jordan valley as far north as to the Sea of Galilee, where it narrowed almost to a point.

This tribe was fierce and warlike; they were "strong men of might, men of war for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, their faces the faces of lions, and like roes upon the mountains for swiftness" (1 Chronicles 12:8; 5:19-22). Barzillai (2 Samuel 17:27) and Elijah (1 Kings 17:1) were of this tribe. It was carried into captivity at the same time as the other tribes of the northern kingdom by Tiglath-pileser (1 Chronicles 5:26), and in the time of Jeremiah (49:1) their cities were inhabited by the Ammonites.

2. A prophet who joined David in the "hold," and at whose advice he quitted it for the forest of Hareth (1 Chronicles 29:29; 2 Chronicles 29:25; 1 Samuel 22:5). Many years after we find mention made of him in connection with the punishment inflicted for numbering the people (2 Samuel 24:11-19; 1 Chronicles 21:9-19). He wrote a book called the "Acts of David" (1 Chronicles 29:29), and assisted in the arrangements for the musical services of the "house of God" (2 Chronicles 29:25). He bore the title of "the king's seer" (2 Samuel 24:11, 13; 1 Chronicles 21:9).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

a band; a troop

Naves Topical Index

1. Jacob's seventh son

General references
Genesis 30:11; Genesis 35:26; Exodus 1:4

Children of
Genesis 46:16; Numbers 26:15-18; 1 Chronicles 5:11

Prophecy concerning
Genesis 49:19

2. A tribe of Israel

Blessed by Moses
Deuteronomy 33:20

Enumeration of:

At Sinai
Numbers 1:14; Numbers 1:24-25

In the plains of Moab
Numbers 26:15-18

In the reign of Jotham
1 Chronicles 5:11-17

Place of, in camp and march
Numbers 2:10; Numbers 2:14; Numbers 2:16

Wealth of, in cattle, and spoils
Joshua 22:8; Numbers 32:1

Petition for their portion of land east of the Jordan
Numbers 32:1-5; Deuteronomy 3:12; Deuteronomy 3:16-17; Deuteronomy 29:8

Boundaries of territory
Joshua 13:24-28; 1 Chronicles 5:11

Aid in the conquest of the region west of the Jordan
Numbers 32:16-32; Joshua 4:12-13; Joshua 22:1-8

Erect a monument to signify the unity of the tribes east of the Jordan with the tribes west of the river
Joshua 22:10-14

Disaffected toward Saul as king, and joined the faction under David in the wilderness of Hebron
1 Chronicles 12:8-15; 1 Chronicles 12:37-38

Join the Reubenites in the war against the Hagarites
1 Chronicles 5:10; 1 Chronicles 5:18-22

Smitten by the king of Syria
2 Kings 10:32-33

Carried into captivity to Assyria
1 Chronicles 5:26

Land of, occupied by the Ammonites, after the tribe is carried into captivity
Jeremiah 49:1

Reallotment of territory to, by Ezekiel
Ezekiel 48:27; Ezekiel 48:29

3. A prophet of David

General references
2 Samuel 24:11

Bids David leave Adullam
1 Samuel 22:5

Bears the divine message to David offering choice between three evils, for his presumption in numbering Israel
2 Samuel 24:11-14; 1 Chronicles 21:9-13

Bids David build an altar on threshing floor of Ornan
2 Samuel 24:18-19; 1 Chronicles 21:18-19

Assists David in arranging temple service
2 Chronicles 29:25

Writings of
1 Chronicles 29:29

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(a troop).

  1. Jacob's seventh son, the first-born of Zilpah, Leah's maid, and whole-brother to Asher. (Genesis 30;11-13; 46:16,18) (B.C. 1753-1740.)
  2. "The seer," or "the king's seer," i.e. David's (1 Chronicles 29:29; 2 Chronicles 29:25) was a "prophet" who appears to have joined David when in the old. (1 Samuel 22:5) (B.C. 1061.) He reappears in connection with the punishment inflicted for the numbering of the people. (2 Samuel 24:11-19; 1 Chronicles 21:9-19) He wrote a book of the Acts of David, (1 Chronicles 29:29) and also assisted in the arrangements for the musical service of the "house of God." (2 Chronicles 29:25)

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GAD, noun

1. A wedge or ingot of steel.

2. A style or graver.

3. A punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners.

GAD, verb intransitive

1. To walk about; to rove or ramble idly or without any fixed purpose.

Give the water no passage, neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.

2. To ramble in growth; as the gadding vine.