A town on the east of the River Jordan. Saul came to the rescue of its people (1 Sam. 11) when they were threatened by the Ammonites; their gratitude was later expressed when they removed the dead bodies of Saul and his three sons from desecration by the Philistines (1 Sam. 31: 12). David praised the heroes of Jabesh-Gilead for this, at the same time pointing out that the kingship had now been assumed by himself (2 Sam. 2: 4–7).