- father of (i.e., "desirous of") a gift, the eldest son of
's sister. He was the brother of Joab
(2 Sam. 2:18; 1 Chr. 2:16). Abishai was the only one who
when he went to the camp of Saul
and took the
spear and the cruse of water from Saul
's bolster (1 Sam.
26:5-12). He had the command of one of the three divisions of
's army at the battle with Absalom
(2 Sam. 18:2,5,12). He
slew the Philistine giant
Ishbi-benob, who threatened David
life (2 Sam. 21:15-17). He was the chief of the second rank of
the three "mighties" (2 Sam. 23:18, 19; 1 Chr. 11:20,21); and on
one occasion withstood 300 men, and slew them with his own spear
(2 Sam. 23:18).
Abishai is the name of the Semitic chief who
offers gifts to the lord of Beni-Hassan.
From Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)