The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Cherethites (כְּרֵתִי‎, kerethiy, kerethi). A group from the Negev hired by David as mercenaries (1 Sam 30:14; 2 Sam 8:18; 15:18; 20:7, 23). The Cherethites are often paired with the Pelethites. Their relationship with the Philistines is uncertain.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
CHERETHITES [Heb kĕrētı̂ (כְּרֵתִי‎); kĕrētı̂m (כְּרֵתִים)]. A people of presumably Aegean origin who settled along the SW coast of Palestine and from whose ranks David drew the core of his personal guard (1 Sam 30:14; 2 Sam 8:18; 15:18; etc.). The term “Cherethite” is first encountered in reference
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Cherethite, Cherethims
Cherethite, Cherethims. Members of a tribal group that lived in southern Judah near Hebron (1 Sm 30:14), mentioned along with the Pelethites (2 Sm 8:18). The Cherethites were associated with the Philistines, according to Ezekiel 25:15–17 (kjv Cherethims; cf. Zep 2:5). They were judged with “the rest
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cherethites ker̀ə-thīts [Heb. kerēṯîm, sing hakkerēṯî; Gk. Cherethi, Chelethi (2 S. 8:18), Cholthi (1 S. 30:14), Chetti (2 S. 15:18), Krētes (Ezk. 25:16; cf. 30:5; Zeph. 2:5, cf. v 6)]; NEB KERETHITES. Evidently, a Philistine clan whose territory was adjacent to southern Judah. 1 S. 30:14
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
KERETHITES Members of a tribal group that lived in southern Judah near Hebron (1 Sm 30:14), mentioned along with the Pelethites (2 Sm 8:18). The Kerethites were associated with the Philistines, according to Ezekiel 25:15–17 (cf. Zep 2:5). They were judged with “the rest of the seacoast” for the Philistines’
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Cherethites (kair´uh-thits), a people who lived on the Mediterranean coast to the southeast of Philistia (cf. “the Negev of the Cherethites,” 1 Sam. 30:14; “inhabitants of the seacoast,” Zeph. 2:5). As mercenaries, they constituted a section of David’s personal army under the leadership of Benaiah, son
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CHERETHITES1. A body of people in the Negeb or southern Palestine (1 Sam 30:14), neighbors to the SE of the Philistines (cf. Ezk 25:16; Zeph 2:5). Ezekiel predicts judgment on them because of the Philistine revenge against Judah, indicating the close association of the two. The name (Heb. krêtı̂) probably
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CHERETHITES (Heb. kerēṯî). A people who were settled alongside the Philistines in S Palestine (1 Sa. 30:14; Ezk. 25:16; Zp. 2:5). In the reign of David they formed, with the Pelethites, his private bodyguard under the command of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada (2 Sa. 8:18; 20:23; 1 Ch. 18:17). They remained
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Cherethites (Heb. kĕrēṯɩ̂, kĕrēṯɩ̂m)A mercenary group along with the Pelethites who served as David’s bodyguards. David most likely encountered these warrior guilds when he “lived in the country of the Philistines” (1 Sam. 27:11). Although it is generally agreed that the Cherethites were of Aegean
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cherethites [kĕrˊə thīts] (Heb. kerēṯîm). A Philistine clan dwelling southeast of Philistia (1 Sam. 30:14, “the Negeb of the Cherethites”; NIV “Kerethites”). Together with the Pelethites they formed the elite of David’s army under the capable leadership of Benaiah (2 Sam. 8:18; 20:23; 1 Chr.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Crete; Cheretim
CRETE; CHERETIM The largest and southernmost of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean. According to Ezekiel (25:16) and Zephaniah (2:5), the Philistines originated in Crete (Authorized Version: ‘Cheretim, Cherethites’). Some scholars identify the Cherethites of the Bible with Caphtor.Until half a century
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CHERETHITES AND PELETHITES King David’s personal bodyguards under the command of Benaiah, distinct from the regular army (2 Sam 8:18). Both units of the guard were noted for their fierce loyalty to the king (2 Sam 20:23; 1 Chr 18:17). They took part in protecting David during his flight in the rebellion