Smith's Bible Dictionary
(man of shame). The youngest of Saul's four sons, and his
legitimate successor. (B.C. 1068). Ish-bosheth was "forty years old when
he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years."
During these two years, he reigned at Mahanaim, though only in name. The wars and negotiations with David were entirely carried on by Abner.2Sa 2:12; 2Sa 3:6; 2Sa 3:12. The death of Abner deprived the house of Saul, of its last remaining support. When Ish-bosheth heard of it, "his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled." He was murdered in his bed.
|Taken from: Smith's Bible Dictionary by Dr. William Smith (1884)|