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.
(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).
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