The family of Saul (1 Chr 9:39-9:39)

“Ner became the father of Kish. Kish became the father of Saul. Saul became the father of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal.”

Now we see the family of Saul that is repeated almost word for word in the previous chapter. The 1st indication of the family of Saul was in 1 Samuel, chapter 14, where only 3 sons were listed, (1) Jonathan, Ishvi, and (2) Malchishua. There is no mention of Saul’s two daughters here. There is hardly any mention of Malchishua except in the listings of the sons of Saul. (3) Abinadab has been added to the list since he was the youngest son that was killed in 1 Samuel, chapter 31. Ishvi has become (4) Eshbaal here and is only mentioned in the 2 lists in this book. Saul’s uncle was also called Ner, while Kish was the father of Saul. Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel. There is plenty of information about Jonathan, whose name appears over a 100 times, especially in 1 Samuel, chapters 14-20, as a good friend of David. Of course, Saul is a major figure since his name appears over 370 times.

The family of Saul (1 Chr 8:33-8:33)

“Ner became the father of Kish. Kish became the father of Saul. Saul became the father of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal.”

Now we see the family of Saul that is repeated almost word for word in the next chapter. The 1st indication of the family of Saul was in 1 Samuel, chapter 14, where only 3 sons were listed, (1) Jonathan, (4) Ishvi, and (2) Malchishua. There was no mention of his two daughters here. There is hardly any mention of Malchishua except in the listings of the sons of Saul. (3) Abinadab has been added to the list since he was the youngest son that was killed in 1 Samuel, chapter 31. Ishvi has become (4) Eshbaal and is only mentioned in the 2 lists in this book. Saul’s uncle was also called Ner, while Kish was the father of Saul. Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel. There is plenty of information about Jonathan, whose name appears over 100 times, especially in 1 Samuel, chapters 14-20, as a good friend of David. Of course, Saul is a major figure since his name appears over 370 times.

The family of Saul (1 Sam 14:49-14:52)

“Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchishua. The names of his two daughters were the first-born Merab, and the younger Michal. The name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of his army was Abner son of Ner, Saul’s uncle. Kish was the father of Saul. Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel. There was hard fighting against the Philistines all the days of Saul. When Saul saw any strong or valiant warrior, he took him into his service.”

This section shows the domestic tranquility of Saul. He had 3 sons and 2 daughters. Jonathan was the oldest son. There is hardly any mention of Ishvi and Malchishua except in the listings of the sons of Saul. The 2 daughters of Saul, Merab and Michal, will be involved with David. Interesting enough Ahinoam will be the name of one of David’s wives, but she is a different lady with a different father. There are 3 people with the same name of Ahimaaz around this same time. One is the father-in-law of Saul, the other will be Solomon’s son-in-law, and the third will be a priest messenger of David. Abner was Saul’s first cousin, the son of his father Kish’s brother Ner. So now you know the family of Saul. Obviously, the Philistines seem to be the dominant enemy at this time. Saul was always looking for strong warriors to help him in his battles.