Son and successor of Saul. Abner, Saul’s kinsman and general so managed that Ishbosheth was acknowledged king at Mahanaim by the greater part of Israel, while David reigned at Hebron over Judah. He was forty-four years of age when he began to reign, and he reigned two years peaceably; after which he was involved in a long and unsuccessful war against David. Being abandoned by Abner, whom he had provoked, he became more and more feeble, and was at last assassinated, 2 Samuel 2:8-11 3:1-4:12. See ESHBAAL.
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Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'ISHBOSHETH'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".