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Abishai (a-bĭsh'a-î or a-bĭ-shâ'i), father of a gift, eldest son of Zeruiah, David's sister, brother of Joab and Asahel, one of the bravest of David's "mighty men," 1 Chronicles 2:16, always faithful to his royal uncle, and usually a personal attendant. He went with him alone to the tent of Saul, 1 Samuel 26:6-12, and was a leader in the war with Ish-bosheth, 2 Samuel 2:18; 2 Samuel 2:24, in the war with the Edomites, 1 Chronicles 18:12-13, and with the Syrians and Ammonites. 2 Samuel 10:10; 2 Samuel 10:14. In a battle with the Philistines he rescued David, and slew Ish bi-benob the giant, 2 Samuel 21:16-17. He broke through their host around Bethlehem, and lifted up his spear against 300, and slew them, 2 Samuel 23:14-18 : and was with David in the matters of Shimei, Absalom, and Sheba. 2 Samuel 16:9; 2 Samuel 18:2; 2 Samuel 19:21; 2 Samuel 20:6-7.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Abishai'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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