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Meaning: angry. This is perhaps only a general title of royalty applicable to the Philistine kings.

The name of two biblical kings:

The king with whom David sought refuge when he fled from Saul[1] He is also called Abimelech.[2]

It was probably this same king to whom David traveled a second time at the head of a band of 600 warriors, and who assigned him Ziklag, with whom he carried on war against the surrounding tribes.[3]

Achish had great confidence in the valor and fidelity of David,[4] but at the instigation of his courtiers did not permit him to go up to battle along with the Philistine hosts.[5] David remained with Achish a year and four months.


  1. 1 Sam. 21:10-15
  2. Ps 34
  3. 1 Sam. 27:5-12
  4. 1 Sam. 28:1,2
  5. 1 Sam. 29:2-11
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