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

49Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchishua; and the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn was Merab, and the name of ... View more

2Sam 21:8-9

8The king took the two sons of Rizpah daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Merab daughter of Saul, whom she bo ... View more

2Sam 6:23

23And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

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