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flock of God, the son of Barzillai, the Meholathite, to whom Saul gave in marriage his daughter Merab (1 Sam. 18:19). The five sons that sprang from this union were put to death by the Gibeonites (2 Sam. 21:8, 9. Here it is said that Michal “brought up” [R.V., “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 Sam. 18:19).

Historical Examples

His elder daughter Merab he married to adriel the son of Barzillai.
The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI) Max Duncker

But when the time came, for some reason that we do not know of Merab was given to adriel the Meholathite.
The Expositor’s Bible: The First Book of Samuel W. G. Blaikie


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