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Pelethites
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Pelethites
Pelethites (פְּלֵתִי‎, pelethiy). One of the groups that David hired as mercenaries (2 Sam 8:18; 15:18). Their ethnic identity is uncertain, though it is possible that “Pelethites” is a scribal corruption of “Philistines.”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Pelethites
PELETHITES [Heb pĕlētı̂ (פְּלֵתִי)]. A group of mercenaries in David’s employ, always mentioned in conjunction with the Cherethites; as a military force distinct from the regular army, they were under the command of Benaiah (2 Sam 8:18; 20:23; 1 Chr 18:17). Their allegiance to David was evidenced by
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Pelethites
Pelethites. Bodyguards of David, and loyal mercenaries during the king’s political setbacks. They are always associated with the Cherethites, and both are believed to be of Philistine stock with Crete as their place of origin (Caphtor, home of the Philistines, generally taken to be Crete, Am 9:7). The
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Pelethites
Pelethites pelʹə-thīts [Heb. pelēṯî]. Certain armed men who along with the Cherethites served as David’s bodyguard (2 S. 8:18; 20:23; 1 Ch. 18:17). This name may be a variant form of pelištî, “Philistine,” with the š assimilating to the t (so J. Montgomery, comm on Kings [ICC, 1951], pp. 85f;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Pelethites
PELETHITES* Bodyguards of David, and loyal mercenaries during the king’s political setbacks. They are always associated with the Cherethites, and both are believed to be of Philistine stock with Crete as their place of origin (Caphtor, home of the Philistines, generally taken to be Crete—Am 9:7). The
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pelethites
Pelethites (pel´uh-thits), a group of mercenaries who, along with the Cherethites, constituted David’s bodyguard (2 Sam. 8:18; 23:23). Though their origins are obscure, the Pelethites probably had Aegean or Anatolian forebears who, like the ancestors of the Cherethites and Philistines, settled on the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Pelethites
PELETHITES. A choice company of soldiers (2 Sam 8:18) who were David’s bodyguards with the Cherethites (q.v.). They were probably from Beth-palet (q.v.). Some believe that the Pelethites and Cherethites refer to Philistines (q.v.) and Cretans, respectively. As such, they were foreign mercenary troops
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Pelethites
Pelethites (Heb. pĕlēṯɩ̂)Part of King David’s personal bodyguard and mercenary force (2 Sam. 8:18; 20:23; 1 Chr. 18:17), like the Cherethites recruited when David was stationed at Ziklag (1 Sam. 27). The Pelethites and Cherethites formed an effective, cohesive fighting force in David’s military during
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Pelethites
Pelethites [pĕlˊə thīts] (Heb. pelēṯî).* The designation of a military unit in Israel, presumably mercenaries, who comprised David’s bodyguard (2 Sam. 8:18; 20:23; 1 Chr. 18:17). Always named with the Cherethites, the Pelethites remained loyal to David during Absalom’s rebellion (2 Sam. 15:18),
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Pelethites
PELETHITES A group of mercenaries who served King David. (See Cherethites and Pelethites for details.)
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Pelethite
PEL´ETHITE (pelʹi-thīt; 2 Sam. 8:18; 15:18). The term is equivalent to courier, as one portion of the officials had to convey the king’s orders to distant places (2 Chron. 30:6). Some believe the Pelethites and Cherethites (which see) to have been foreigners (Philistines, Ewald, History of Israel, 1:246;
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Pelethites
Pelethitesmentioned always along with the Cherethites, and only in the time of David. The word probably means “runners” or “couriers,” and may denote that while forming part of David’s bodyguard, they were also sometimes employed as couriers (2 Sam. 8:18; 20:7, 23; 1 Kings 1:38, 44; 1 Chr. 18:17). Some,
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