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Who was Abishai? (1 Chronicles 18:12)

12 Abishai son of Zeruiah struck down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

1 Chronicles 18:12

ESV - 12 And Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, killed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

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According to 2 Samuel 2:18, Abishai was the brother of Joab. 1 Chronicles 2:16 also tells us that Abishai was the nephew of David by David's sister Zeruiah. He also served as one of the division commanders in David's army.

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Abishai, according to the Bible, behaved himself valiantly.

10Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose out of all the choice of Israel and put them in array against the Syrians. 11And the rest of the people he delivered to the hand of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in array against the children of Ammon. 12And he said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for you, then I will help you. 13Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight. 14So Joab and the people that were with him drew near before the Syrians to the battle, and they fled before him. 15And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother,… (1 Chronicles 12)


15 And the Philistines had war again with Israel, and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines, and David waxed faint.
16 And Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with new armor, thought to have slain David.
17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David swore unto him, saying: 'Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the lamp of Israel.' 
15 	Moreover, the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint. 
16 	And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.	
17 	But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored {helped} him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel. 	
4/26/2019 The Forgotten Giant:: Warren Wiersbe 

The Forgotten Giant:: Warren Wiersbe 
2 Samuel 21:15-17 
Everyone knows the story of David killing the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17), but did you know that there was another giant in David's life--one whom David was not able to kill?

Ishbi-benob was the giant's name and, like Goliath, he was a Philistine. David bravely faced the enemy, but the giant proved too much for the king! It took Abishai, David's nephew, to rescue the king from certain death. 

Let's learn a few lessons from this story of the forgotten giant. 

For one thing, God does not always do the miraculous. God directed David's sling and stone when he faced Goliath; but when it came to Ishbi-benob, God used Abishai's sword. Sometimes God does the unusual; more often, He uses the means available to get the job done. 

Here's another thought: Giants have a way of coming back! We never outgrow temptations and trials. Yes, as a young man, David killed Goliath; but as an older man, he faced one of Goliath's relatives! "Watch and pray" is sound spiritual counsel for every Christian; for you never know when there is another giant around the corner. "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Co 10:12). 

You cannot always win the battle alone. Years before, David was the sole hero when Goliath was slain. But the next time he faced a giant, David needed help. His nephew Abishai had proved to be a headstrong and fiery youth, and David had not always agreed with what he did. But Abishai (with all his faults) was the man God used to save the king's life. It may surprise you when you get to heaven to discover the Christians here on earth that God has used to help you along the journey of life.

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