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Holman Bible Dictionary
(uhb' ih ssha i) Personal name meaning, “father exists.” Son of David's sister Zeruiah and brother of Joab, David's general (1 Chronicles 2:15-16
). He was with David when he spared Abner (1 Samuel 26:7
) and with Joab pursuing Abner (2 Samuel 2:24
) and killing Abner (2 Samuel 3:30
). He commanded troops against Ammon (2 Samuel 10:1
). He sought to kill Shimei for cursing David, but the king restrained him (2 Samuel 16:1
; 2 Samuel 19:21
). He led a third of David's troops against David's son Absalom (2 Samuel 18:1
). He commanded forces against Sheba, who led a northern rebellion against David (2 Samuel 20:1
). He killed Isbi-benob, the Philistine giant who threatened David (2 Samuel 21:15-17
). A mighty captain, he was still not among David's elite three (2 Samuel 23:8-19
). He was famed for killing 18,000 Edomites (1 Chronicles 18:12
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Abishai'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/a/abishai.html. 1991.