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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

  • H397 Used 21 times


Easton's Bible Dictionary

Angry, perhaps only a general title of royalty applicable to the Philistine kings.

1. The king with whom David sought refuge when he fled from Saul (1 Samuel 21:10-15). He is called Abimelech in the superscription of Psalms 34. It was probably this same king to whom David a second time repaired at the head of a band of 600 warriors, and who assigned him Ziklag, whence he carried on war against the surrounding tribes (1 Samuel 27:5-12). Achish had great confidence in the valour and fidelity of David (1 Samuel 28:1, 2), but at the instigation of his courtiers did not permit him to go up to battle along with the Philistine hosts (1 Samuel 29:2-11). David remained with Achish a year and four months.

2. Another king of Gath, probably grandson of the foregoing, to whom the two servants of Shimei fled. This led Shimei to go to Gath in pursuit of them, and the consequence was that Solomon put him to death (1 Kings 2:39-46).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

thus it is; how is this

Naves Topical Index

King of the Philistines. Called also Abimelech, David escapes to.
1 Samuel 21:10-15; 1 Samuel 27:1-12; 1 Samuel 28:1-2; 1 Samuel 29:1-11; 1 Kings 2:39-40

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(angry), a Philistine king of Gath, who in the title of the 34th Psalm is called Abimelech. David twice found a refuge with him when he fled from Saul. (B.C. 1061.) On the first occasion he was alarmed for his safety, feigned madness, and was sent away.