ABNER (ăb'nêr, Heb. ’ăvnēr, the father is a lamp). The son of Ner, who was the brother of Kish, the father of King Saul. Abner and Saul were therefore cousins. During Saul’s reign, Abner was the commander-in-chief of Saul’s army (1Sam.14.50). It was Abner who brought David to Saul following the slaying of Goliath (1Sam.17.55-1Sam.17.58). He accompanied Saul in his pursuit of David (1Sam.26.5ff.) and was rebuked by David for his failure to keep better watch over his master (1Sam.26.13-1Sam.26.16).