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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Nahash

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1. Ammonite king who encamped against Jabesh-gilead, and who tauntingly agreed to make its inhabitants tributary on condition that he should thrust out the right eye of each for a reproach on all Israel. Saul raised an army and the Ammonites were defeated. 1 Samuel 11:1,2; 1 Samuel 12:12 . Josephus relates that Nahash had successfully oppressed the tribes on the east of the Jordan, which gave him self-confidence in making his terms to Jabesh-gilead; and says that Nahash was slain. Perhaps the same as the father of Hanun who insulted David's ambassadors. 2 Samuel 10:2; 2 Samuel 17:27; 1 Chronicles 19:1,2 .

2. Apparently father or mother of Abigail and Zeruiah. 2 Samuel 17:25 . In 1 Chronicles 2:16 Abigail and Zeruiah are called the sisters of Jesse's sons. The Rabbis say that Nahash was another name for Jesse (as in the margin); others suppose Nahash was Jesse's wife; and again others judge that Nahash was a former husband of Jesse's wife.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Nahash'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/n/nahash.html. 1897.

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