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(Heb. id. קַישׁ , a trap, otherwise a horn; Sept. Κείς or Κίς, N.T. Κίς, Auth. Vers. " Cis," Acts 13:21), the name of five men.

1. The second of the two sons of Mahli (grandson of Levi); his sons married their cousins, heiresses of his brother Eleazar (1 Chronicles 23:21-22). One of these sons was named Jerahmeel (1 Chronicles 24:29). B.C. cir. 1658.

2. A Benjamite of Jerusalem (i.e. the northern neighborhood of Jebus), third named of the sons of Jehiel (of Gibeon) by Maachah (1 Chronicles 8:30; 1 Chronicles 9:36). B.C. apparently cir. 1618.

3. A wealthy and powerful Benjamite, son of Ner (1 Chronicles 8:33; 1 Chronicles 9:39), and father of king Saul (1 Samuel 9:3; 1 Samuel 10:11; 1 Samuel 10:21; 1 Samuel 14:51; 1 Chronicles 9:39; 1 Chronicles 12:1; 1 Chronicles 26:28). He was thus the grandson (1 Samuel 9:1, " son" [q.v.]) of Abiel (q.v.). (See NER). No incident is mentioned respecting him excepting his sending Saul in search of the strayed asses (1 Samuel 9:3), and that he was buried in Zelah (2 Samuel 21:14). B.C. 1093. In Acts 13:21 he is called CIs. See SAUL.

4. A Levite of the family of Merari, son of Abdi, and one of those who assisted Hezekiah in restoring the true religion (2 Chronicles 29:12). B.C. 726.

5. A Benjamite, the father of Shimei, and greatgrandfather of Mordecai (Esther 2:5). B.C. considerably ante 598.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Kish'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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