(uh hihn' oh am) Personal name meaning, “my brother is gracious.” 1. King Saul's wife (1 Samuel 14:50). 2. Wife of David from Jezreel (1 Samuel 25:43) who lived with him under the Philistines at Gath (1 Samuel 27:3). When she and Abigail, David's other wife, were captured by the Amalekites, the people threatened to stone David. David followed God's word, defeated the Amalekites, and recovered his wives and the other captives (1 Samuel 30:1-20). Ahinoam then moved to Hebron with David, where the people crowned him king (2 Samuel 2:2-4). She gave David his first son, Amnon (2 Samuel 3:2).
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