Kish in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
kish (qish; Kis, Keis, "bow," "power"): The name of five
persons mentioned in the Bible:
(1) The son of Abiel and the father of Saul, the first king
of Israel. He was of the tribe of Benjamin, of the family of
the Matrites (1 Sam 9:1; 14:51; compare Acts 13:21; 1 Sam
10:21). According to 1 Ch 8:33 and 9:39, "Ner begat Kish" By
reading "Ner begat Abner" (compare 1 Sam 14:51; 1 Ch 6:28),
the difficulty is at least partly overcome. In 1Ch 12:1,
Kish is also mentioned as the father of Saul, and again in 2
Sam 21:14, we are told that the sepulcher of Kish was
located in the country of Benjamin, in Zela. His place of
residence seems to have been at Gibeah.
(2) Another Kish is mentioned (1 Ch 8:29 f; 9:35 f) as the
son of Jeiel and his wife Maacah. He is usually supposed to
be the uncle of Saul's father.
(3) A Levite, the son of Mahli the Merarite (1 Ch 23:21 f;
(4) Another Merarite Levite in the time of Hezekiah (2 Ch
(5) The great-grandfather of Mordecai, of the tribe of
Benjamin (Est 2:5).