Meta. Abidan's father was Gideoni, meaning like Gideon, destroyer of error; warlike. Benjamin (son of the right hand) means dexterous, skillful, expert, quick. Abidan (father of judgment, a judge) therefore stands in consciousness for a strong, influential thought of righteous discrimination, or justice, with power to execute its decisions. Abidan was first appointed chief man over the Benjamites, in accordance with Jehovah's command to Moses, for the purpose of numbering the people, to find out how many men of the tribe were above twenty years of age and able to go to war.