Kish

Kish [N] [H] [S]

a bow.

  • A Levite of the family of Merari ( 1 Chronicles 23:21 ; 24:29 ).

  • A Benjamite of Jerusalem ( 1 Chronicles 8:30 ; 9:36 ).

  • A Levite in the time of Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 29:12 ).

  • The great-grandfather of Mordecai ( Esther 2:5 ).

  • A Benjamite, the son of Abiel, and father of king Saul ( 1 Samuel 9:1 1 Samuel 9:3 ; 1 Samuel 10:11 1 Samuel 10:21 ; 14:51 ; 2 Sam 21:14 ). All that is recorded of him is that he sent his son Saul in search of his asses that had strayed, and that he was buried in Zelah. Called Cis, Acts 13:21 (RSV, Kish).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Kish". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Kish [N] [E] [S]

    hard; difficult; straw; for age
    Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
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    Bibliography Information

    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Kish'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Kish [N] [E] [H]

    (a bow ).

    1. The father of Saul; a Benjamite of the family of Matri. (B.C. 1095.)
    2. Son of Jehiel and uncle to the preceding. ( 1 Chronicles 9:36 )
    3. A Benjamite, great-grandfather of Mordecai. ( Esther 2:5 )
    4. A Merarite of the house of Mahli, of the tribe of Levi. ( 1 Chronicles 23:21 1 Chronicles 23:22 ; 1 Chronicles 24:28 1 Chronicles 24:29 )

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Kish'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

    KISH

    kish (qish; Kis, Keis, "bow," "power"):

    The name of five persons mentioned in the Bible:

    (1) The son of Abiel and the father of Saul, the first king of Israel. He was of the tribe of Benjamin, of the family of the Matrites (1 Samuel 9:1; 14:51; compare Acts 13:21; 1 Samuel 10:21). According to 1 Chronicles 8:33 and 9:39, "Ner begat Kish" By reading "Ner begat Abner" (compare 1 Samuel 14:51; 1 Chronicles 6:28), the difficulty is at least partly overcome. In 1 Chronicles 12:1, Kish is also mentioned as the father of Saul, and again in 2 Samuel 21:14, we are told that the sepulcher of Kish was located in the country of Benjamin, in Zela. His place of residence seems to have been at Gibeah.

    (2) Another Kish is mentioned (1 Chronicles 8:29; 9:35) as the son of Jeiel and his wife Maacah. He is usually supposed to be the uncle of Saul's father.

    (3) A Levite, the son of Mahli the Merarite (1 Chronicles 23:21; compare 24:29).

    (4) Another Merarite Levite in the time of Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29:12).

    (5) The great-grandfather of Mordecai, of the tribe of Benjamin (Esther 2:5).

    William Baur


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    Bibliography Information
    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'KISH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.