1 Chr 4:9-10 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
Jabez is mentioned nowhere else. Neither do we find any similar stories anywhere. Nor do we know anything at all other about Jabez' circumstances other than what is in these two verses. What is the purpose of these verses: why are they in the Bible, and how should we interpret them?
Note: this is not a question about the hype around the "prayer of Jabez" a few years back.