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1. The Philistine king of Gath with whom David twice took shelter from Saul. The first time the servants of Achish reminded him that of David it had been said that he had slain his ten thousands. When David heard this he was afraid and feigned himself mad, and Achish sent him away. 1 Samuel 21:10-15 . Psalm 34 was composed on this occasion, as we learn from its heading, in which Achish is called Abimelech. This has given occasion for critics to doubt its authenticity. But 'Abimelech' was used as a title rather than a proper name of the kings of the Philistines, as Pharaoh was of the kings of Egypt. The second occasion was when David's heart failed him, and he said, "I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul." Achish dealt well with David, gave him Ziklag to dwell in, and would have had him go to war with him against Israel, saying, "I will make thee keeper of my head for ever" 1 Samuel 27 ; 1 Samuel 28:2 . The lords of the Philistines however objected, and Achish begged David to return. See DAVID.

2. Another king of Gath, to whom the servants of Shimei fled, which led to Shimei's death.1 Kings 2:39,40 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Achish'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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