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ABINADAB ("Father is Generous"):

1. A resident of Kirjath-jearim, who kept the Ark of the Covenant in his house during the twenty years immediately following its restoration by the Philistines (I Sam. vii. 1; I Chron. xiii. 7). In II Sam. vi. 3, 4, Gibeah is given as his home. 2. The second son of Jesse (I Sam. xvi. 8; I Chron. ii. 13). He wasone of the three sons of Jesse who followed Saul to fight the Philistines in the valley of Elah (I Sam. xvii. 13). 3. A son of Saul (I Chron. viii. 33), who was killed in the battle of Gilboa while fighting against the Philistines (I Sam. xxxi. 2; I Chron. x. 2). He is also mentioned in the genealogical list of Benjamites living in Gibeon (I Chron. ix. 39). See also Ben Abinadab.

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