Nahash (Nay´hash; Heb., “serpent”)

A name occurring several times in the narratives dealing with Saul and David. An Ammonite king named Nahash besieged Jabesh-gilead and thus provided the Benjaminite Saul an opportunity to solidify his kingship over Israel (1Sam 11). Perhaps this is the same Ammonite king who was kind to David (2Sam 10:2) and whose sons Hanun (2Sam 10:4) and Shobi (2Sam 17:27-29) had contact with David. The name is also given to a relative of David, though the relationship is not clear (2Sam 17:25).

1Sam 11

Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1About a month later, Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a treat ... View more

2Sam 10:2

2David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent envoys to console him concerning his father ... View more

2Sam 10:4

4So Hanun seized David's envoys, shaved off half the beard of each, cut off their garments in the middle at their hips, and sent them away.

2Sam 17:27-29

27When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogeli ... View more

2Sam 17:25

25Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army in the place of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigal daughter of Nahash ... View more

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