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(Heb. Abiel', אֲבַיאֵל lit. father [i.e. possessor] of God, i.e. pious, or perhaps father of strength, i.e. strong; Sept. ‘Αβιήλ ), the name of two men.

1. The son of Zeror, a Benjamite (1 Samuel 9:1), and father of Ner (1 Samuel 14:51), which last was the grandfather of Saul, the first king of Israel (1 Chronicles 8:33; 1 Chronicles 9:39). B.C. 1093. In 1 Samuel 9:1 he is called the "father" (q.v.) of Kish, meaning grandfather. (See NER).

2. An Arbathite, one of David's distinguished warriors (1 Chronicles 11:32). B.C. 1053. In the parallel passage he is called ABI-ALBON (See ABI-ALBON) (2 Samuel 23:31). (See DAVID).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Abiel'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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