Abishai and the giant Philistine Ishbi-benob (2 Sam 21:15-21:17)

The Philistines went to war again with Israel. David went down together with his servants. They fought against the Philistines. David grew weary. Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was fitted out with a new weapons, said that he would kill David. But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his aid. He attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him. ‘You shall not go out with us to battle any longer, so that you do not quench the lamp of Israel.’”

These exploits of war with the Philistines probably took place when David was younger. There seems to be endless war with the Philistines with neither side making a decisive victory. This is the only mention of this giant Philistine Ishbi-benob. This giant swore that he was going to kill David. This time David’s nephew Abishai killed the giant Philistine, just as David had killed the giant Philistine Goliath earlier. They were to protect the light of Israel, David.

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