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People/Characters: Abner, son of Ner

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1 & 2 Samuel by James E. Smith1 Samuel 26:5-16
1 And 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles (Layman's Bible Book Commentary, 5) by Joe O. Lewis1 Samuel 26:5-16
Beacon Bible commentary by Ralph Earle1 Samuel 26:5-16
Christ in the Bible Commentary, Vol. 2: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings, First and Second Chronicles by A. B. Simpson1 Samuel 26:5-16
A Commentary Critical Experimental and Practical on the Old and New Testaments (Volume II Joshua - Esther) by Robert Jamieson1 Samuel 26:5-16
An EHV Study Bible - Evangelical Heritage Version by God1 Samuel 26:5-16
ESV Expository Commentary: 1 Samuel–2 Chronicles (Volume 3) by Iain M. Duguid1 Samuel 26:5-16
Holy Bible - Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) by Wartburg Project1 Samuel 26:5-16
The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV)1 Samuel 26:5-16
The Interpreter's Bible, Vol. 2: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel by George Arthur Buttrick1 Samuel 26:5-16
The New Interpreter's Bible Commentary Volume II: Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1& 2 Chronicles by Leander E. Keck1 Samuel 26:5-16
The New Interpreter's Bible, Vol. 2: Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; 1 & 2 Samuel by Bruce C. Birch1 Samuel 26:5-16

Character description

Relative (either uncle or cousin) of King Saul of Israel, as well as Saul's chief general. The Biblical account in 1-2 Samuel seems to imply high respect for his abilities, but what little we know of his military results seems less than impressive. He could not save Saul at the Battle of Mt. Gilboa, and after that battle, with the resources of Israel at his disposal, he could not defeat the smaller, weaker armies of David. After Saul's death, he set up that king's son Ishbaal (Ish-Bosheth) as King of Israel, but then began to negotiate with David. He was killed by David's general Joab because Abner had earlier killed Joab's brother Asahel.

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