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Holman Bible Dictionary

Merab

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(mee' rab) Personal name from the root “to become many.” Eldest daughter of King Saul (1 Samuel 14:49 ), who was twice promised to David in exchange for killing Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25 ) and for fighting the Lord's battles against the Philistines (1 Samuel 18:17-19 ). Saul reneged on his promise and gave Merab to Adriel. Modern translators based on context and a few ancient texts often read Merab instead of the Hebrew text's Michal in 2 Samuel 21:8 .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Merab'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/m/merab.html. 1991.

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