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Morrish Bible Dictionary
Son of David's sister Zeruiah, and brother of Joab. He was one of David's officers and served him many years. He accompanied David into Saul's camp while he slept. 1 Samuel 26:6-9 . With Joab he slew Abner. 2 Samuel 3:30 . In his zeal for David he asked permission to slay Shimei. 2 Samuel 16:9; 2 Samuel 19:21 . In the rebellion of Absalom he commanded a third of David's army. 2 Samuel 18:2 . He rescued David from Ishbi-benob the giant. 2 Samuel 21:17 . He was captain of the second three of David's 'mighty men,' and slew three hundred men. 2 Samuel 23:18 . To him is attributed the slaughter of eighteen thousand Syrians or Edomites in the valley of salt. 1 Chronicles 18:12; 2 Samuel 8:13 .
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Abishai'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/a/abishai.html. 1897.