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Ish-bosheth


Ish-bo’sheth (man of shame), the youngest of Saul’s four sons, and his legitimate successor. (b.c. 1058.) Ish-bosheth was “forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years.” 2 Sam. 3:10. During these two years he reigned at Mahanaim, though only in name. The wars and negotiations with David were entirely carried on by Abner. 2 Sam. 2:12; 3:6, 12. The death of Abner deprived the house of Saul of its last remaining support. When Ish-bosheth heard of it, “his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.” He was murdered in his bed.