Character Study on Adriel

Character Study on Adriel

1 Samuel 18: But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.
2 Samuel 21: But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Adriel
A son of Barzillai, married Merab, daughter of Saul, who had been promised to David, 1 Samuel 18:19 . Adriel had five sons by her, who were delivered up to the Gibeonites, to be put to death before the Lord, to avenge the cruelty of Saul their grandfather against the Gibeonites. In 2 Samuel 21:8 , these are said to be the sons of Michal, whom she "brought up" for Adriel; but unless this is a copyist's error, Michal had adopted the children of her sister Merab, who was perhaps dead; or possibly both sisters may have borne the name Michal. Compare under ABIATHAR .

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Adriel
Flock of God, the son of Barzillai, the Meholathite, to whom Saul gave in marriage his daughter Merab (1 Samuel 18:19 ). The five sons that sprang from this union were put to death by the Gibeonites (2 Samuel 21:8,9 . Here it is said that Michal "brought up" [RSV, "bare"] these five sons, either that she treated them as if she had been their own mother, or that for "Michal" we should read "Merab," as in 1 Samuel 18:19 ).
Hitchcock's Bible Names - Adriel
The flock of God
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Adriel
Son of Barzillai the Meholathite, to whom Saul gave Merab his daughter in marriage, previously promised to David (1 Samuel 18:19). Five sons from this union were of the seven slain as a blood satisfaction to the Gibeonites whose blood Saul had, in violation of Israel's covenant (Joshua 9:15), shed. 2 Samuel 21:8; "Michal brought up for Adriel:" namely, Merab the mother died young, and her sister brought up her five nephews, as if she were their own mother. The Jewish targums favor this view. But as the Hebrew yalad means to bring forth or bear children, and Michal seems to have had no children (2 Samuel 6:23), perhaps Michal is a transcriber's error for Merab. Still the term "bare" (margin) may mark how completely Michal, evidently a woman of strong affections (1 Samuel 19:11-12; 2 Samuel 3:16), acted as a true mother to them.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Adriel
ADRIEL . Son of Barzillai, the Meholathite. He married Merab, the eldest daughter of Saul, who should have been given to David as the slayer of Goliath ( 1 Samuel 18:19 , 2 Samuel 21:8 [in the latter ‘Michal’ is a mistake for ‘Merab’]).

Holman Bible Dictionary - Adriel
(ay' drih el) Personal name meaning, “God is my help.” Saul's daughter Merab was promised as David's wife but then given to Adriel from Meholah, on the northern River Jordan (1 Samuel 18:19 ). His five sons David gave to the Gibeonites, who hanged them in revenge for unexplained actions Saul had taken against Gibeon (2 Samuel 21:1-9 ).



People's Dictionary of the Bible - Adriel
Adriel. 1 Samuel 18:19. See Merab.

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Adriel
Son of Barzillai, the Meholathite to whom Merab, Saul's daughter, was given to wife, after having been promised to David. 1 Samuel 18:19 . She bare Adriel five sons, and these were given up to death to avenge the Gibeonites because Saul had slain some of them. In 2 Samuel 21:8 these are said to be the "sons of Michal [or Michal's sister, margin ] the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel." These were doubtless the sons of Merab and not of Michal: translators are agreed that it should be translated 'bare to Adriel,' as it reads in the margin, and not 'brought up.' It seems therefore most probable that the name Michal is here the mistake of an early copyist, and the passage should read, "the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she bare unto Adriel;" or it might originally have stood, "the five sons of the daughter of Saul whom she bare to Adriel," and some one unadvisedly added Michal in the margin which afterwards found its way into the text.

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Merab - Eldest daughter of Saul: she was promised to David, but was given to Adriel the Meholathite. See Adriel
Adriel - She bare Adriel five sons, and these were given up to death to avenge the Gibeonites because Saul had slain some of them. In 2 Samuel 21:8 these are said to be the "sons of Michal [or Michal's sister, margin ] the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel. " These were doubtless the sons of Merab and not of Michal: translators are agreed that it should be translated 'bare to Adriel,' as it reads in the margin, and not 'brought up. ' It seems therefore most probable that the name Michal is here the mistake of an early copyist, and the passage should read, "the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she bare unto Adriel;" or it might originally have stood, "the five sons of the daughter of Saul whom she bare to Adriel," and some one unadvisedly added Michal in the margin which afterwards found its way into the text
Adriel - Adriel
Meholathite - Adriel was of this place, 1 Samuel 18:19
Merab - The eldest daughter of king Saul, was promised to David in marriage, in reward for his victory over Goliath; but was given to Adriel, son of Barzillai the Meholathite, 1 Samuel 14:49 18:17,19 . The text intimates that the five men delivered to the Gibeonites were sons of Michal; but see Adriel
Mehol'Athite, the, - a word occurring once only-- (1 Samuel 18:19 ) It no doubt denotes that Adriel belonged to a place celled Meholah
Merab - The eldest daughter of Saul, 1 Samuel 14:49, promised to David, but given to Adriel in marriage
Adriel - Adriel had five sons by her, who were delivered up to the Gibeonites, to be put to death before the Lord, to avenge the cruelty of Saul their grandfather against the Gibeonites. In 2 Samuel 21:8 , these are said to be the sons of Michal, whom she "brought up" for Adriel; but unless this is a copyist's error, Michal had adopted the children of her sister Merab, who was perhaps dead; or possibly both sisters may have borne the name Michal
Meholathite - Designation of Adriel and Barzillai
Meholathite - (mih hoh luh thite) Title meaning inhabitant of Abel-Meholah, given to Adriel, Saul's son-in-law (1 Samuel 18:19 ; 2 Samuel 21:8 )
Adriel - Adriel
Adriel - ” Saul's daughter Merab was promised as David's wife but then given to Adriel from Meholah, on the northern River Jordan (1 Samuel 18:19 )
Barzillai - The father of Adriel
Barzillai -
A Meholathite, the father of Adriel (2 Samuel 21:8 )
Merab - The elder daughter of Saul, promised to the slayer of Goliath ( 1 Samuel 17:25 ), and then to David personally as a reward for prowess against the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 18:17 ), but given as wife to Adriel the Meholathite
Barzil'la-i - (2 Samuel 19:32-39 ) ... A Meholathite, whose son Adriel married Michal, Saul's daughter
Abel-Meholah - A place in the Jordan valley, the limit of Gideon’s pursuit of the Midianites ( Judges 7:22 ); in the administrative district of Taanach and Megiddo under Solomon ( 1 Kings 4:12 ); the native place of Adriel, husband of Merab, Saul’s daughter ( 1 Samuel 18:19 ), and of Elisha ( 1 Kings 19:16 )
Merab - Saul reneged on his promise and gave Merab to Adriel
Barzillai - Meholathite, father of Adriel
Barzillai - The Meholathite whose son Adriel is said ( 2 Samuel 21:8 ) to have married Michal [read Merab , cf
Merab - At the time when Merab should have been given to him Saul gave her to Adriel the Meholathite
Barzillai - Of Meholah in Simeon; father of Adriel, who married Merab, the daughter of Saul, 1 Samuel 18:19 2 Samuel 21:8 ... 2
Barzillai - Father of Adriel whose sons David delivered to the Gibeonites for execution in payment for Saul's inhumane slaying of Gibeonites (1 Samuel 21:8 )
Adriel - 2 Samuel 21:8; "Michal brought up for Adriel:" namely, Merab the mother died young, and her sister brought up her five nephews, as if she were their own mother
Rizpah - ), Saul's eldest daughter, whom she bore to Adriel
Michal - Saul had promised David the elder, but gave her to Adriel
David - After this, when obliged, by the command of God, to give up some of Saul's family to justice, for the murder of the Gibeonites, he spared Mephibosheth, Micah, and his family, the male descendants of Saul and Jonathan, who alone could have any pretence to dispute the crown with him, and surrendered only Saul's bastard children, and those of his daughter by Adriel, who had no right or possible claim to the throne, and could never give him any uneasiness in the possession of it; and thus showed his inviolable regard for his oaths, his tenderness to Saul, and the warmth of his gratitude and friendship to Jonathan
David - Next, after Saul broke his promise of giving Merab his older daughter to be David's wife, by giving her to Adriel instead, Michal, Saul's second daughter, became attached to David