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This article is about Achish I, also known as Abimelech. You may be looking for his grandson or another Abimelech.


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 Samuel 21:10-15 (Link)
  2. Psalm 34 (Link)
  3. 1 Samuel 27:5-12 (Link)
  4. 1 Samuel 28:1,2 (Link)
  5. 1 Samuel 29:2-11 (Link)