Asahel
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Asahel

creature of God

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Asahel

(made by God).

  1. Nephew of David, being the youngest son of his sister Zeruiah. He was celebrated for his swiftness of foot. When fighting under his brother Joab at Gibeon, he pursued Abner, who was obliged to kill him in self-defence. (2 Samuel 2:18) ff. [ABNER] (B.C. 1050.)
  2. One of the Levites in the reign of Jehoshaphat, who went throughout the cities of Judah to instruct the people in the knowledge of the law. (2 Chronicles 17:8) (B.C. 910.)
  3. A Levite in the reign of Hezekiah, who had charge of the tithes and dedicated things in the temple. (2 Chronicles 31:13) (B.C. 927.)
  4. A priest, father of Jonathan, in the time of Ezra. (Ezra 10:15) He is called AZAEL in 1Esd 9:14. (B.C. before 459.)
ATS Bible Dictionary
Asahel

Son of David's sister Zeruiah, and brother of Joab; one of David's thirty heroes, and extremely swift of foot; killed by Abner, at the battle of Gibeon, 2 Samuel 2:18,23.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Made by God, the youngest son of Zeruiah, David's sister. He was celebrated for his swiftness of foot. When fighting against Ish-bosheth at Gibeon, in the army of his brother Joab, he was put to death by Abner, whom he pursued from the field of battle (2 Samuel 2:18, 19). He is mentioned among David's thirty mighty men (2 Samuel 23:24; 1 Chronicles 11:26). Others of the same name are mentioned (2 Chronicles 17:8; 31:13; Ezra 10:15).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ASAHEL

as'-a-hel (`asah'el, "God hath made"; Asael):

(1) The brother of Joab and Abishai. The three were sons of Zeruiah, one of David's sisters (1 Chronicles 2:15, 16 2 Samuel 2:18, etc.). The three brothers seem to have been from the beginning members of David's troop of strangely respectable brigands. Asahel was distinguished for his swift running, and this fact brought misfortune upon him and upon Israel. When Abner and the forces of Ish-bosheth were defeated near Gibeon, Asahel pursued Abner. Abner knew that he could outright Asahel, though he could not outrun him. He also knew that the time had come for making David king, and that a blood feud among the leaders would be a calamity. He expostulated with Asahel, but in vain. It came to a fight, and Abner slew Asahel (2 Samuel 2:3). As a result the coming of David to the throne of all Israel was delayed; and when at last Abner brought it about, he himself was treacherously killed by Joab in alleged blood revenge for Asahel. Asahel is mentioned as sixth in the list of David's "mighty men" (2 Samuel 23:24 1 Chronicles 11:26).

The earlier of the names in this list are evidently arranged in the order of seniority. If it be assumed that the list was not made till after the death of Asahel, still there is no difficulty in the idea that some of the names in the list were placed there posthumously. Asahel is also mentioned as the fourth of David's month-by-month captains (1 Chronicles 27:7). Superficial criticism describes this position as that of "commander of a division of David's army," and regards the statement, "and Zebadiah his son after him," as a note added to explain the otherwise incredible assertion of the text. This criticism is correct in its implication that the fourth captain was, as the text stands, the dead Asahel, in the person of his son Zebadiah. Coming from an annotator, the criticism regards this meaning as intelligible; is it any the less so if we regard it as coming from the author? In fact, the statement is both intelligible and credible. The second of David's month-by-month captains is Dodai, the father of the second of David's "mighty men"; and the fourth is Asahel, with his son Zebadiah. With these two variations the twelve month-by-month captains are twelve out of the nineteen seniors in the list of mighty men, and are mentioned in practically the same order of seniority. The 24,000 men each month were not a fighting army mobilized for war. The position of general for a month, whatever else it may have involved, was an honor held by a distinguished veteran. There is no absurdity in the idea that the honor may in some cases have been posthumous, the deceased being represented by his father or his son or by someone else.

(2) A Levite member of the commission of captains and Levites and priests which Jehoshaphat, in his third year, sent among the cities of Judah, with the book of the law, to spread information among the people (2 Chronicles 17:7-9). (3) One of the keepers of the storechambers in the temple in the time of Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:13).

(4) The father of Jonathan who was one of the two men who "stood upon this," at the time when Ezra and the people appointed a court to consider the cases of those who had married foreign wives (Ezra 10:15). The text of the Revised Version (British and American) translates "stood up against this," while the margin has "were appointed over this."

Willis J. Beecher

Strong's Hebrew
6214. Asahel -- "God has made," four Israelites
... Asahel. 6215 . "God has made," four Israelites. Transliteration: Asahel Phonetic
Spelling: (as-aw-ale') Short Definition: Asahel. ... NASB Word Usage Asahel (18). ...
/hebrew/6214.htm - 6k
Library

How the Meek and the Passionate are to be Admonished.
... Abner. For, when Asahel attacked him with the violence of inconsiderate
haste, it is written, Abner spake unto Asahel, saying. Turn ...
/.../leo/writings of leo the great/chapter xvi how the meek.htm

How David Reigned Over one Tribe at Hebron While the Son Of
... Son Of. Saul Reigned Over The Rest Of The Multitude; And How, In The Civil
War Which Then Arose Asahel And Abner Were Slain. 1. This ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 1 how david reigned.htm

The History of David
... And among all other there was Asahel one of the brethren of Joab and was the swiftest
runner that might be, and pursued Abner, and Abner looked behind him, and ...
/.../wells/bible stories and religious classics/the history of david.htm

Letter R
... 1813, Located 1834 * Reese, AA "Received 1833 * Reese, Thomas G. "Received 1826 *
Reeves, Lemuel M. "Received 1833 * Reeves, Asahel "Received 1835 ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/bangs/an alphabetical list of m e preachers/letter r.htm

Receiving Agents.
... Andover, Artemas Bullard. Wrentham, Robert Blake. Worcester, James Wilson, PM Berkley,
Asahel Hathaway, PM Lowell, Jonathan C. Merrill, PM. CONNECTICUT. ...
/.../leland/the national preacher vol 2 no 7 dec 1827/receiving agents.htm

Letter F
... 1833 * Fields, Turtle "Received 1827, Located 1839 * Fifield, Moses "Received 1816 *
Files, Thomas "Received 1826 * Fillmore, Asahel N. "Received 1830 ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/bangs/an alphabetical list of m e preachers/letter f.htm

A Caution to the Presumptuous
... I wish all Little-Faiths were Strong-Faiths, that all Fearings were made
Valiants-for-Truth, and the Ready-to-Halts Asahel's Nimble-of-Foot, that they might ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 1 1855/a caution to the presumptuous.htm

The Fifth
... Joab is not there, though "Abishai, the brother of Joab," is there (2 Samuel
23:18); "Asahel, the brother of Joab," is there (verse 24); "Nahari...armour ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bullinger/commentary on revelation/the fifth.htm

Yezidees, or Worshippers of the Devil.
... From a very interesting work recently published by Asahel Grant, MD, a medical
missionary to the Nestorians, we copy the following account:" ...
/.../hayward/the book of religions/yezidees or worshippers of the.htm

Nestorians.
... Our readers are referred to an interesting volume recently published by Asahel Grant,
MD, in which is contained strong evidence that the Nestorians and the ...
//christianbookshelf.org/hayward/the book of religions/nestorians.htm

Thesaurus
Asahel (17 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ASAHEL. ...Asahel was distinguished for his swift
running, and this fact brought misfortune upon him and upon Israel. ...
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Asahel's (2 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Asahel's (2 Occurrences). ... 2 Samuel 2:32 And they took Asahel's
body and put it in the last resting-place of his father in Beth-lehem. ...
/a/asahel's.htm - 7k

As'ahel (17 Occurrences)
... Asahel, As'ahel. Asah-el . ... 2 Samuel 2:19 Asahel pursued after Abner; and in
going he didn't turn to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner. ...
/a/as'ahel.htm - 11k

Zebadiah (9 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Gift of Jehovah. (1.) A son of Asahel, Joab's
brother (1 Chronicles 27:7). (2.) A Levite who took part ...
/z/zebadiah.htm - 11k

Abishai (25 Occurrences)
... Father of (ie, "desirous of") a gift, the eldest son of Zeruiah, David's sister.
He was the brother of Joab and Asahel (2 Samuel 2:18; 1 Chronicles 2:16). ...
/a/abishai.htm - 19k

Zeruiah (25 Occurrences)
... Stricken of the Lord, David's sister, and the mother of Abishai, Joab, and Asahel
(1 Chronicles 2:16), who were the three leading heroes of David's army, and ...
/z/zeruiah.htm - 17k

Abi'shai (25 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 2:18 And the three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel;
and Asahel was as light of foot as one of the roes that are in the field ...
/a/abi'shai.htm - 14k

Zeru'iah (24 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 2:18 And the three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel;
and Asahel was as light of foot as one of the roes that are in the field ...
/z/zeru'iah.htm - 13k

Abner (54 Occurrences)
... Abner, escaping from the field, was overtaken by Asahel, who was "light of foot
as a wild roe," the brother of Joab and Abishai, whom he thrust through with a ...
/a/abner.htm - 30k

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 2:18 The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel:
and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild gazelle. (See RSV). ...
/j/jo'ab.htm - 34k

Concordance
Asahel (17 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 2:18
The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild gazelle.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 2:19
Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he didn't turn to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS)

2 Samuel 2:20
Then Abner looked behind him, and said, "Is it you, Asahel?" He answered, "It is I."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 2:21
Abner said to him, "Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and grab one of the young men, and take his armor." But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 2:22
Abner said again to Asahel, "Turn aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then should I hold up my face to Joab your brother?"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 2:23
However he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner with the back end of the spear struck him in the body, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place. It happened, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 2:30
Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 2:32
They took up Asahel, and buried him in the tomb of his father, which was in Bethlehem. Joab and his men went all night, and the day broke on them at Hebron.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 3:27
When Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him quietly, and struck him there in the body, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 3:30
So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 23:24
Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:16
and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel, three.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS NIV)

1 Chronicles 11:26
Also the mighty men of the armies: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Chronicles 27:7
The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: and in his division were twenty-four thousand.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Chronicles 17:8
and with them the Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Chronicles 31:13
Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the appointment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ezra 10:15
Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvah stood up against this matter : and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Subtopics

Asahel

Asahel: A Levite, Commissioned by Jehoshaphat to Teach the Law to Judah

Asahel: A Levite, Who had Charge of Tithes

Asahel: Father of Jonathan

Asahel: Nephew of David, and One of his Captains

Related Terms

Asahel's (2 Occurrences)

As'ahel (17 Occurrences)

Zebadiah (9 Occurrences)

Abishai (25 Occurrences)

Zeruiah (25 Occurrences)

Abi'shai (25 Occurrences)

Zeru'iah (24 Occurrences)

Abner (54 Occurrences)

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)

Quick-footed (7 Occurrences)

Beth-lehem (49 Occurrences)

Zebadi'ah (9 Occurrences)

Groin (4 Occurrences)

Gazelles (5 Occurrences)

Gazelle (12 Occurrences)

Fleet-footed (2 Occurrences)

Roe (21 Occurrences)

Roes (12 Occurrences)

Elhanan (4 Occurrences)

Elha'nan (3 Occurrences)

Dodo (5 Occurrences)

Chasing (12 Occurrences)

Swift-footed (1 Occurrence)

Swift (35 Occurrences)

Rib (5 Occurrences)

Pursuit (35 Occurrences)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Stomach (40 Occurrences)

Bethlehem (49 Occurrences)

Belly (62 Occurrences)

Fifth (65 Occurrences)

Stop (108 Occurrences)

Gibeon (39 Occurrences)

Smiteth (156 Occurrences)

Dieth (192 Occurrences)

Youths (28 Occurrences)

Quietly (30 Occurrences)

Zeruiah's (1 Occurrence)

Nethani'ah (20 Occurrences)

Nahath (5 Occurrences)

Nineteen (3 Occurrences)

Nethaniah (20 Occurrences)

Opposed (23 Occurrences)

Jerimoth (10 Occurrences)

Jehi'el (12 Occurrences)

Jehon'athan (2 Occurrences)

Jahaziah (1 Occurrence)

Jehonathan (3 Occurrences)

Jozabad (10 Occurrences)

Jeho'ram (21 Occurrences)

Jahzei'ah (1 Occurrence)

Jismachiah (1 Occurrence)

Jo'zabad (7 Occurrences)

Jer'imoth (6 Occurrences)

Jahzeiah (1 Occurrence)

Lacked (18 Occurrences)

Gateway (40 Occurrences)

Grab (2 Occurrences)

Gathereth (65 Occurrences)

Ismakiah (1 Occurrence)

Ismachiah (1 Occurrence)

Inspectors (10 Occurrences)

Ismachi'ah (1 Occurrence)

Fighting-men (30 Occurrences)

Tob (5 Occurrences)

Travelling (17 Occurrences)

Tobijah (17 Occurrences)

Twenty-four (26 Occurrences)

Tobadonijah (1 Occurrence)

Tobi'jah (3 Occurrences)

Tikvah (2 Occurrences)

Tobijath (1 Occurrence)

Tobadoni'jah (1 Occurrence)

Tob-adonijah (1 Occurrence)

Repeated (16 Occurrences)

Refuseth (22 Occurrences)

Eliel (10 Occurrences)

Elishama (17 Occurrences)

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