a-le'-jans (mishmereth, "a charge," from shamar, "to keep," 1 Chronicles 12:29):

the Revised Version, margin gives as literal meaning, "kept the charge of the house of Saul," which revisers consider figurative for "maintaining their loyalty and fidelity," i.e. "allegiance."

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