Abner's Son

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You know the story of “Abner, the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.” (1 Sam. 14:5050And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle. (1 Samuel 14:50)). You remember he was captain of Saul’s host (2 Sam. 2:88But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; (2 Samuel 2:8)) and fought for Saul’s family for some years after David was crowned king. David seems always to have honored and admired Abner, and when at last he came to make peace, David received him and made him a feast. Joab was jealous of Abner and at that time murdered him in cold blood. It was for this deed, in part, that Joab was later put to death. David tells us what he thought of Abner, when he said: “Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel.”
It is very refreshing, in view of this sad murder, to find that David made Jaasiel, Abner’s son, ruler of the tribe of Benjamin. (1 Chron. 27:2121Of the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner: (1 Chronicles 27:21)).