For the Christian martyr, see Abda and Abdjesus
Eliab is the name of three individuals mentioned in the Hebrew Bible:
Eliab, son of Helon
Eliab, son of Pallu
Eliab, son of Jesse
Eliab was the eldest son of Jesse (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. 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 16:7
- 1 Samuel 17:28
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