Eliab, son of Helon
Eliab, son of Pallu
Eliab, son of Jesse
Eliab of Bethlehem, of the tribe of Judah, was the eldest son of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:6 and 1 Chronicles 2:13) and thus the eldest brother of King David. He was apparently tall and had fair features, and was the first potential king of Israel considered for anointing by the prophet Samuel after his disillusion with King Saul. His features resembled those Samuel had first seen in Saul  and Samuel may have considered him a 'fit successor' to Saul. However, God told Samuel that Eliab did not have the proper heart to be king of Israel:
- Do not consider his appearance or his height ... the Lord looks at the heart.
Samuel went on to consider each of Eliab's brothers in turn. Some commentators have suggested that Eliab was rejected because of his temper, as he argued with David before David went to fight Goliath, accusing David of pride and insolence.
- 1 Samuel 16:6
- 1 Samuel 9:3
- Ellicott's Commentary for Modern Readers on 1 Samuel 16, accessed 11 May 2017
- 1 Samuel 16:7
- 1 Samuel 17:28
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