Kish was a Benjamite of the family of the Matrites (1 Samuel 9:1; 14:51; Acts 13:21; 1 Samuel 10:21), and there is some question over whether he was the brother or son of Ner (1 Chronicles 8:33 and 9:39; 1 Samuel 14:51). The question may be resolved by reading both Ner and Kish as sons of Abiel. According to the narrative of the appointment of Saul as king in 1 Samuel 9, Kish was the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah and he kept donkeys. It was the loss of these donkeys which led Saul and a servant to journey in search of them and so to meet Samuel, Saul's anointer. "The possession of a drove of asses, and several servants, indicates that Kish was a man of some substance". The narrative later confirms that Kish was more concerned about the apparent disappearance of his son than about his loss of possessions.
Other biblical figures named Kish
There is also another Kish named in 1 Chronicles 23:22.
- Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges on 1 Samuel 9, accessed 30 April 2017
- 1 Samuel 10:2