Merab (Mee´rab; Heb., “growth, increase”)

The elder of Saul’s two daughters (1Sam 14:49), whom Saul promised to David for fighting the Philistines, expecting that he would be killed in battle. When David returned, Merab had already been given to Adriel. Several Hebrew manuscripts mention that David gave Merab’s sons to the Gibeonites for execution as an act of appeasement (2Sam 21:8-9; other texts read “Michal’s,” but see 2Sam 6:23).

1Sam 14:49

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2Sam 21:8-9

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2Sam 6:23

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