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Saul Fights His Enemies

47-48 When Saul became king, the Moabites, the Ammonites, the Edomites, the kings of Zobah, the Philistines, and the Amalekites had all been robbing the Israelites. Saul fought back against these enemies and stopped them from robbing Israel. He was a brave commander and always won his battles.[a]

Saul’s Family

49-51 Saul’s wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz. They had three sons: Jonathan, Ishvi,[b] and Malchishua. They also had two daughters: The older one was Merab, and the younger one was Michal.

Abner, Saul’s cousin, was the commander of the army. Saul’s father Kish and Abner’s father Ner were sons of Abiel.

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  1. 14.47,48 won his battles: One ancient translation; Hebrew “hurt them.”
  2. 14.49-51 Ishvi: Also known as Eshbaal (see 1 Chronicles 8.33; 9.39) and Ishbosheth (see 2 Samuel 2.8-13; 3.8-15; 4.5-12).

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