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Adriel was a son of Barzillai, the Meholathite, to whom Saul gave in marriage his daughter Merab.[1] The five sons that resulted from this marriage were killed by the Gibeonites.[2]


The name Adriel is translated from the Hebrew word עַדְרִיאֵל (ad-ree-ale'), which means "my help is God" or "flock of God". עַדְרִיאֵל comes from two Hebrew words: עֵ֫דֶר (ay'-der) and אֵל (ale). עֵ֫דֶר (ay'-der) means "flock" and comes from another Hebrew word - עָדַר (aw-dar') - that means "to dig" or "to arrange". אֵל (ale) means "God".


  1. 1 Samuel 18:19 (Link)
  2. 2 Samuel 21:8-9 (Link)