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abishai

abishai in the Bible

father of (i.e., "desirous of") a gift, the eldest son of Zeruiah, David's sister. He was the brother of Joab and Asahel (2 Sam. 2:18; 1 Chr. 2:16). Abishai was the only one who accompanied David when he went to the camp of Saul and took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster (1 Sam. 26:5-12). He had the command of one of the three divisions of David's army at the battle with Absalom (2 Sam. 18:2,5,12). He slew the Philistine giant Ishbi-benob, who threatened David's life (2 Sam. 21:15-17). He was the chief of the second rank of the three "mighties" (2 Sam. 23:18, 19; 1 Chr. 11:20,21); and on one occasion withstood 300 men, and slew them with his own spear (2 Sam. 23:18). Abishai is the name of the Semitic chief who offers gifts to the lord of Beni-Hassan. See illustration facing page 10.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • abishai, David's nephew, who was one of them, lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them.

  • Both Peter and abishai were living upon the surface, and looking at secondary causes.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • "I do hope you didn't hurt yourself, abishai," said the sympathetic Keziah.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Again Saul lies down to sleep—in an entrenched camp, and David and abishai, his nephew, go down to the camp at night as spies.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • With the one he attacked the Aramans, the other he left under the command of127 his brother abishai.

  • abishai returned it in such a manner that she never afterwards required a distaff.

  • abishai's eyes turned beseechingly toward his promised backer.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • abishai drew one hand across his forehead, leaving a decorative smooch of blacking on his perspiring countenance.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And how must abishai's words have grieved the meek and submitting David!

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • Usually, when abishai addressed his clergyman, it was in a tone of humble respect far different from his present frantic assault.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln

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