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ish-bo'-sheth ('ish-bosheth, "man of shame" Iesbosthe): Called 'eshba`al, "man of Baal" (1 Chronicles 8:33), and yishwi, "man of Yahweh" (?), perhaps for 'isheyo (1 Samuel 14:49). Compare ESHBAAL and ISHVI (the King James Version "Ishui"). We probably have the right meaning of the name in Eshbaal and Ishvi, the words Baal and Yahweh being frequently interchanged. The change to Ish-bosheth, "man of shame," in 2 Samuel, where the story of his shameful murder is related, may be better explained as reference to this (see MEPHIBOSHETH, whose name was also changed from Merib-baal for similar reasons), than to find here a suggestion of Baal-worship, but see HPN, 121, where the change is explained as a correction of the scribes, in consequence of prophetic protests.

One of the sons of Saul (1 Chronicles 8:33; 1 Chronicles 9:39 1 Samuel 14:49) who, when his father and brothers were slain in the battle of Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:1), was proclaimed king over Israel by Abner, the captain of Saul's host, at Mahanaim (2 Samuel 2:8). Ishbosheth was 40 years old at this time and reigned over Israel 2 years (2 Samuel 2:10). Judah, however, proclaimed David its king. The consequence was war (2 Samuel 2:12). The house of David prevailed against the house of Saul (2 Samuel 3:1), but the war did not come to a close until Abner, angry on account of the rebuke he suffered from Ish-Bosheth for his unlawful intimacy with Rizpah, Saul's concubine, joined David (2 Samuel 3:6). David's condition to return to him Michal, his wife before peace could be made, was fulfilled by Ish-Bosheth (2 Samuel 3:14 f), but it was not until after Abner's death that Ish-Bosheth seems to have given up hopes of retaining his power (2 Samuel 4:1). The shameful murder of Ish-Bosheth by his own captains is recorded in 2 Samuel 4:5. David punished the murderers who had expected reward and buried Ish-Bosheth in the grave of Abner at Hebron (2 Samuel 4:12 f).

Arthur L. Breslich

Strong's Hebrew
378. Ish-bosheth -- "man of shame," a son of Saul and king of Isr.
Ish-bosheth. 377, 378. Ish-bosheth. 379 . "man of shame," a son of
Saul and king of Isr. Transliteration: Ish-bosheth Phonetic ...
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792. Eshbaal -- "man of Baal," a son of Saul
... Eshbaal. From 'iysh and Ba'al; man of Baal; Eshbaal (or Ishbosheth), a son of Saul --
Eshbaal. see HEBREW 'iysh. see HEBREW Ba'al. 791, 792. Eshbaal. 793 . ...
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That Upon the Slaughter of Ishbosheth by the Treachery of his ...
... CHAPTER 2. That Upon The Slaughter Of Ishbosheth By The Treachery Of His Friends,
David Received The Whole Kingdom. 1. When Ishbosheth ...
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The History of David
... And Abner prince of the host of Saul, and other servants of Saul, took Ishbosheth
the son of Saul, and led him about, and made him king over Israel, except the ...
/.../wells/bible stories and religious classics/the history of david.htm

One Fold and one Shepherd
... conquest is marked, not only by Abner's flight to Mahanaim, but by the reckoning
that David reigned for seven and a half years and Ishbosheth two; for these ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/one fold and one shepherd.htm

How David Reigned Over one Tribe at Hebron While the Son Of
... other sons, were fallen in the battle, he made haste into the camp; and taking away
with him the remaining son of Saul, whose name was Ishbosheth, he passed ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 1 how david reigned.htm

The Kingdom of all Israel.
... For seven years David reigned only in his own tribe of Judah, while the brave Abner
kept the rest of the kingdom for Saul's son, Ishbosheth, until, taking ...
// chosen people/lesson vi the kingdom of.htm

The King.
... made it the nucleus of a feeble and lingering opposition to David, headed by Saul's
cousin Abner, and rallying round his incompetent son Ishbosheth.[Q] The ...
// life of david/ix the king.htm

The Reign of David.
... seven and one-half years. During this period Ishbosheth, son of Saul, reigned
over Israel in the North. It is probable that both ...
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The Bright Dawn of a Reign
... Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and ...
The puppet king is named Ishbosheth in the lesson, but 1 Chronicles 8:33 and ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/the bright dawn of a.htm

David and Jonathan's Son
... Saul and three of his four sons had fallen on the fatal field of Gilboa; the fourth,
the weak Ishbosheth, had been murdered after his abortive attempt at ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/david and jonathans son.htm

... 13. What was the end of Saul? 14. Who reigned over the rest of Israel? 15. What
became of Ishbosheth? 16. What were David's conquests? 17. ...
// chosen people/questions.htm

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Man of shame or humiliation, the youngest of Saul's four sons, and the only one who survived him (2 Samuel 2-4). His name was originally Eshbaal (1 Chronicles 8:33; 9:39). He was about forty years of age when his father and three brothers fell at the battle of Gilboa. Through the influence of Abner, Saul's cousin, he was acknowledged as successor to the throne of Saul, and ruled over all Israel, except the tribe of Judah (over whom David was king), for two years, having Mahanaim, on the east of Jordan, as his capital (2 Samuel 2:9). After a troubled and uncertain reign he was murdered by his guard, who stabbed him while he was asleep on his couch at mid-day (2 Samuel 4:5-7); and having cut off his head, presented it to David, who sternly rebuked them for this cold-blooded murder, and ordered them to be immediately executed (9-12).
Ishbosheth (13 Occurrences)
... the captain of Saul's host, at Mahanaim (2 Samuel 2:8). Ishbosheth was 40 ... until Abner,
angry on account of the rebuke he suffered from Ish-Bosheth for his ...
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Ish-bosheth (14 Occurrences)
Ish-bosheth. Ishbosheth, Ish-bosheth. Ish-bo'sheth . Easton's Bible Dictionary ...
Ishbosheth, Ish-bosheth. Ish-bo'sheth . Reference Bible.
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Ish-bosheth's (1 Occurrence)
Ish-bosheth's. Ish-bo'sheth, Ish-bosheth's. Ishhod . Multi-Version
Concordance Ish-bosheth's (1 Occurrence). 2 Samuel ...
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Ish-bo'sheth (13 Occurrences)
... Ish-bosheth, Ish-bo'sheth. Ish-bosheth's . ... (See RSV). 2 Samuel 3:11 And so great
was Ish-bosheth's fear of Abner that he was not able to say a word in answer ...
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Rechab (13 Occurrences)
... (1.) One of Ishbosheth's "captains of ... of Beeroth, son of Rimmon (2 Samuel 4:2); he
and his brother Baanah were "captains" of the military host of Ish-bosheth. ...
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Baanah (10 Occurrences)
... He and his brother Rechab assassinated Ishbosheth (2 Samuel 4:2), and were on ...
ba`anah, ("son of oppression"): (1) Captain in the army of Ish-bosheth (2 Samuel ...
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Mahanaim (15 Occurrences)
... Here Saul's son Ishbosheth reigned (2 Samuel 2:8, 12), while David reigned
at Hebron. Here also, after a troubled reign, Ishbosheth...
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Ashurites (2 Occurrences)
... Mentioned among those over whom Ish-bosheth was made king (2 Samuel 2:9). Int. ... The
tribe of Asher lay where it would naturally fall to Ish-bosheth's kingdom. ...
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Ashhur (2 Occurrences)
... Thenius and Wellhausen, is untenable, for during the reign of Ish-bosheth Geshur
was ... Furthermore Geshur was too far away from the rest of Ishbosheth's territory ...
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Saul's (79 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 2:10 Ishbosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to ... 12 And
Abner, the son of Ner, with the servants of Saul's son Ish-bosheth, went out ...
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Bible Concordance
Ish-bosheth (14 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 2:8 Now Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

2 Samuel 2:10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

2 Samuel 2:12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

2 Samuel 2:15 Then they arose and went over by number: twelve for Benjamin, and for Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

2 Samuel 3:7 Now Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth'said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine?

2 Samuel 3:8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head that belongeth to Judah? This day do I show kindness unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David; and yet thou chargest me this day with a fault concerning this woman.

2 Samuel 3:14 And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to me for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 3:15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Paltiel the son of Laish.

2 Samuel 4:1 And when 'Ish-bosheth', Saul's son, heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

2 Samuel 4:2 And 'Ish-bosheth', Saul's son, 'had' two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is reckoned to Benjamin:

2 Samuel 4:5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, as he took his rest at noon.

2 Samuel 4:7 And when they came into the house, Ish-bosheth was stretched on his bed in his bedroom; and they made an attack on him and put him to death, and, cutting off his head, they took it with them and went by the road through the Arabah all night.

2 Samuel 4:8 And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, thine enemy, who sought thy life; and Jehovah hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

2 Samuel 4:12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.



Ish-Bosheth: Assassinated

Ish-Bosheth: Avenged by David

Ish-Bosheth: Called Esh-Baal In

Ish-Bosheth: Deserted by Abner

Ish-Bosheth: Made King by Abner

Ish-Bosheth: Restores Michal (David's First Wife) to David

Regicide of Ish-Bosheth

Related Terms

Ish-bosheth (14 Occurrences)

Ish-bosheth's (1 Occurrence)

Ish-bo'sheth (13 Occurrences)

Rechab (13 Occurrences)

Baanah (10 Occurrences)

Mahanaim (15 Occurrences)

Ashurites (2 Occurrences)

Ashhur (2 Occurrences)

Saul's (79 Occurrences)

Abner (54 Occurrences)

Rimmon (22 Occurrences)

Ner (17 Occurrences)

Wrongs (26 Occurrences)

Rechabites (4 Occurrences)

Rizpah (4 Occurrences)

Mahana'im (13 Occurrences)

Beeroth (7 Occurrences)

Ba'anah (9 Occurrences)

Beerothite (4 Occurrences)

Asahel (17 Occurrences)

Avenged (34 Occurrences)

Aiah (7 Occurrences)

Gibeon (39 Occurrences)

Hebron (71 Occurrences)

Vengeance (63 Occurrences)

Eshbaal (2 Occurrences)

David (1052 Occurrences)

Hater (72 Occurrences)

Enemy (134 Occurrences)

Tried (96 Occurrences)

Sought (199 Occurrences)

Sleep (136 Occurrences)

Noon (30 Occurrences)

Noonday (13 Occurrences)

Jezreel (37 Occurrences)

Judah's (18 Occurrences)

Jerubbaal (15 Occurrences)

Jerubbesheth (1 Occurrence)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Laish (8 Occurrences)

Loyal (15 Occurrences)

Loyalty (18 Occurrences)

La'ish (5 Occurrences)

Ish'bi-be'nob (1 Occurrence)

Ishhod (1 Occurrence)

Involving (2 Occurrences)


Foreskins (7 Occurrences)

Reign (468 Occurrences)

Reigning (57 Occurrences)

Raiding (11 Occurrences)

Reproachest (2 Occurrences)

Espoused (7 Occurrences)

Dog's (3 Occurrences)

Dismayed (69 Occurrences)

Disturbed (30 Occurrences)

Demanding (6 Occurrences)

Meribbaal (2 Occurrences)

Midday (11 Occurrences)

Merib-baal (2 Occurrences)

Paltiel (3 Occurrences)

Pertained (18 Occurrences)

Pal'ti-el (1 Occurrence)

Proper (62 Occurrences)

Phaltiel (2 Occurrences)

Pledged (19 Occurrences)

Be-er'othite (2 Occurrences)

Betrothed (19 Occurrences)

Burying-place (19 Occurrences)

Belongeth (36 Occurrences)

Bedroom (8 Occurrences)

Be-er'oth (8 Occurrences)

Cleaning (8 Occurrences)

Chargest (1 Occurrence)

Alarmed (28 Occurrences)

Affrighted (60 Occurrences)

Abishai (25 Occurrences)

Ashbelite (1 Occurrence)

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