Ner (Heb. id. נֵר, light; Sept. Νήρ), a Benjamite, according to 1Ch 8:33, father of Kish and Abner, and grandfather of king Saul. B.C. cir. 1140. Abner was, therefore, uncle to Saul, as is expressly stated in 1Sa 14:50. But some confusion has arisen from the statement in 1Ch 9:36, that Kish and Ner were both sons of Jehiel, whence it has been concluded that they were brothers, and consequently that Abner and Saul were first cousins. The explanation of this, however, is that there was an elder Kish, uncle of Saul's father, or, rather, Ner's grandfather. SEE SAUL. "The name Ner, combined with that of his son Abner, may be compared with Nadab in verse 36, and Abinadab, verse 39; with Jesse, 1Ch 2:13, and Abishai, verse 16; and with Juda, Lu 3:26, and Abiud, Mt 1:13." Gesenius, misled by 1Sa 9:1, gives the following genealogy (Thesaur. page 9):

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