Abner signifies the light, the intelligence, of the illumined intellect, or reason. Gibeon is a high place in consciousness where man should let go of personal ideas and receive spiritual instruction. Abner was captain of Saul's host, and after Saul was slain Abner still sought to uphold Saul's house (the realm of personal will) against the rule of love (David). Thus to Abner and his followers (the intellect persistently upholding and seeking to exalt the personal will), Helkath-hazzurim in Gibeon would become a field of sharp-edged stones, or a portion of rocks. The substance of the Abner phase of intellectual consciousness would, when strengthened by the spiritual place (Gibeon) to which it has exalted itself without giving way to Spirit, naturally take on sharpness and hardness, and for that reason meet defeat.