1 Samuel 14:49

49 Saul’s sons included Jonathan, Ishbosheth, and Malkishua. He also had two daughters: Merab, who was older, and Michal.

1 Samuel 14:49 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 14:49

And the sons of Saul were Jonathan
Who seems to be his firstborn, of whom, his valour and success, we read in this and the preceding chapter:

and Ishui;
the same with Abinadab, ( 1 Chronicles 8:33 ) ( 9:39 ) for he had two names:

and Melchishua;
and besides these three there was another, whose name was Ishbosheth, sometimes called Eshbaal, ( 2 Samuel 2:8 ) ( 1 Chronicles 8:33 ) who succeeded him in the kingdom; for which reason Abarbinel thinks he is not mentioned here, because he was a king; though it is generally supposed the reason why these only are named is, because they went out to war with him, and died with him, but this did not; he had other children by a concubine, or secondary wife, whose name was Rizpah, not mentioned here, ( 2 Samuel 21:8 ) ,

and the names of his two daughters were these, the name of the
firstborn Merab;
who was afterwards married to Adriel the Meholathite, ( 1 Samuel 18:19 ) and the name of the younger Michal; who became the wife of David, ( 1 Samuel 18:27 ) .

1 Samuel 14:49 In-Context

47 Now when Saul had secured his grasp on Israel’s throne, he fought against his enemies in every direction—against Moab, Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. And wherever he turned, he was victorious.
48 He performed great deeds and conquered the Amalekites, saving Israel from all those who had plundered them.
49 Saul’s sons included Jonathan, Ishbosheth, and Malkishua. He also had two daughters: Merab, who was older, and Michal.
50 Saul’s wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz. The commander of Saul’s army was Abner, the son of Saul’s uncle Ner.
51 Saul’s father, Kish, and Abner’s father, Ner, were both sons of Abiel.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew Ishvi, a variant name for Ishbosheth; also known as Esh-baal.