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Abishai

ABISHAI (a-bĭsh'ā-ī, Heb. ’ăvîshay, meaning is doubtful). Son of David’s sister Zeruiah, and brother of Joab and Asahel. He was impetuous and courageous, cruel and hard to his foes, but always intensely loyal to David. He counseled David to kill the sleeping Saul (1Sam.26.6-1Sam.26.9). He aided Joab in the murder of Abner, an act of revenge for the slaying of their brother Asahel (2Sam.3.30). He was loyal to David when Absalom and Sheba revolted, and he wanted to kill Shimei for cursing David (2Sam.16.5-2Sam.16.14). He defeated a large army of Edomites (1Chr.18.12-1Chr.18.13). Late in David’s life he rescued the king in the fight with Ishbi-Benob, the Philistine giant (2Sam.21.17).