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ABIEL ("Father is God"):

1. Father of Kish and Ner, and grandfather of Saul (I Sam. ix. 1, xiv. 51). Another account makes him the great-grandfather of Saul; Ner, by that account, being the father, instead of the brother, of Kish. The mistake is probably due to an error of the scribe (I Chron. viii. 33, ix. 39). 2. One of the "thirty men" of David (I Chron. xi. 32). In the list given in II Sam. xxiii. 31, Abiel is called Abi-Albon, which Budde, "S. B. O. T." p. 80, reads Abi-Baal.

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