After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab,1 the Ammonites,2 Edom,3 the kingsa of Zobah,4 and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.b48
He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites,5 delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.
Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua.6 The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal.750
His wife's name was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of Saul's army was Abner8 son of Ner, and Ner was Saul's uncle.951
Saul's father Kish10 and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.
All the days of Saul there was bitter war with the Philistines, and whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took11 him into his service.