Ittai
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Ittai

(with the Lord).

  1. "Ittai the Gittite," i.e. the native of Gath, a Philistine in the army of King David. He appears only during the revolution of Absalom. (B.C. 1023.) We first discern him on the morning of David's flight. The king urges him to return. (2 Samuel 15:18,19) Comp. 1Sam 23:13; 27:2; 30:9,10,19,20 But ittai is firm; he is the king's slave, and wherever his master goes he will go. Accordingly he is allowed by David to proceed. When the army was numbered and organized by David at Mahanaim, Ittai again appears, now in command of a third part of the force. (2 Samuel 18:2,5,12)
  2. Son of Ribai, from Gibeah of Benjamin; one of the thirty heroes of David's guard. (2 Samuel 23:29)
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Near; timely; or, with the Lord.

(1.) A Benjamite, one of David's thirty heroes (2 Samuel 23:29).

(2.) A native of Gath, a Philistine, who had apparently the command of the six hundred heroes who formed David's band during his wanderings (2 Samuel 15:19-22; Comp. 1 Samuel 23:13; 27:2; 30:9, 10). He is afterwards with David at Mahanaim, holding in the army equal rank with Joab and Abishai (2 Samuel 18:2, 5, 12). He then passes from view.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ITTAI

it'-a-i, it'-i ('ittay, 'ithay):

(1) A Gittite or native of Gath, one of David's chief captains and most faithful friends during the rebellion of Absalom (2 Samuel 15:11-22; 2 Samuel 18:2, 4, 12). The narrative reveals David's chivalrous and unselfish spirit in time of trouble, as well as the most self-sacrificing loyalty on the part of Ittai. He seems to have but recently left his native city and joined David's army through personal attachment to the king. David rapidly promoted him. Hearing of Absalom's rebellion and approach to Jerusalem, he flees with David. The latter remonstrates, urges him to go back and join Absalom, as he is a foreigner and in exile. His interests are in the capital and with the king; there is no reason why he should be a fugitive and perhaps suffer the loss of everything; it would be better for him, with his band of men, to put himself and them at the service of Absalom, the new king. "Mercy and truth be with thee," says David in his magnanimity. Ittai, with a double oath, absolutely refuses to go back, but will stand by David until the last. Remonstrance being useless, the monarch orders him across the river, doubtless glad that he had such a doughty warrior and faithful friend by his side. On mustering his hosts to meet Absalom, David makes Ittai a chief captain with the intrepid Joab and Abishai. He doubtless did his part in the battle, and as nothing more is said of him it is possible that he fell in the fight.

(2) A Benjamite, one of David's 30 mighty men (2 Samuel 23:29 1 Chronicles 11:31, "Ithai").

J. J. Reeve

Strong's Hebrew
863. Ittay -- perhaps "companionable," an Israelite, also a ...
... Ithai, Ittai Or tiythay {ee-thah'ee}; from 'eth; near; Ittai or Ithai, the name
of a Gittite and of an Israelite -- Ithai, Ittai. see HEBREW 'eth. 862b, 863. ...
/hebrew/863.htm - 5k

863a. Ittay -- perhaps "companionable," an Israelite, also a ...
... 863, 863a. Ittay. 863b . perhaps "companionable," an Israelite, also a
Philistine. Transliteration: Ittay Short Definition: Ittai. ...
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Library

Ittai of Gath
... THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL ITTAI OF GATH. ... Ittai and his noble six hundred tramp
on, out of our sight, and all their households behind them. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/ittai of gath.htm

Absalom the Ungrateful Son
... and all the people who followed him went out and stood at the last house, while
all the officers and the royal body-guard and all the men of Ittai the Gittite ...
/.../sherman/the childrens bible/absalom the ungrateful son.htm

A Broken-Hearted Father
... And he divided the troops into three divisions; one was under the command of Joab,
another under Abishai, and another under the command of Ittai. ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/sherman/the childrens bible/a broken-hearted father.htm

Loyal to the Core
... "And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord ... Feel as David did towards
Ittai"that you would by no means wish for services to which you have no claim. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 26 1880/loyal to the core.htm

A Light to Lighten the Gentiles
... All the wilderness before him,. Ittai swore,. "As the Lord lives and the king,. ... I
will be.". "Go"pass over;" spake the king; Then passed Ittai o'er; ...
/.../bevan/hymns of ter steegen suso and others/a light to lighten the.htm

Following Christ
... Delivered by. CH SPURGEON,. At [12]the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. On
Lord's-day Evening, August 22nd, 1889. "And Ittai answered the king, and said, as ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 62 1916/following christ.htm

Expositions of Holy Scripture
... DAVID AND NATHAN. GOD'S BANISHED ONES. PARDONED SIN PUNISHED. A LOYAL VOW. ITTAI
OF GATH. THE WAIL OF A BROKEN HEART. BARZILLAI. DAVID'S HYMN OF VICTORY. ...
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The Church and the Young Man.
... 2 Samuel 18, 5. "And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai saying, deal
gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom.". ...
/.../vincent/amusement a force in christian training/the church and the young.htm

Contents
... 5-7) DAVID AND NATHAN (2 Samuel 12:13) GOD'S BANISHED ONES (2 Samuel 14:14) PARDONED
SIN PUNISHED (2 Samuel 15:1-12) A LOYAL VOW (2 Samuel 15:15) ITTAI OF GATH ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/contents 2.htm

How, when Absalom was Beaten, He was Caught in a Tree by his Hair ...
... and divided his army into three parts; the one part he committed to Joab, the next
to Abishai, Joab's brother, and the third to Ittai, David's companion and ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 how when absalom.htm

Thesaurus
Ittai (9 Occurrences)
...ITTAI. ... The narrative reveals David's chivalrous and unselfish spirit in time of trouble,
as well as the most self-sacrificing loyalty on the part of Ittai. ...
/i/ittai.htm - 12k

It'tai (7 Occurrences)
It'tai. Ittai, It'tai. Ituraea . ... It'tai (7 Occurrences). 2 Samuel 15:19 Then
the king said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why do you also go with us? ...
/i/it'tai.htm - 8k

Gittite (10 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). 2 Samuel 15:19 Then the king
said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why do you also go with us? ...
/g/gittite.htm - 10k

Abi'shai (25 Occurrences)
... part under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son
of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite ...
/a/abi'shai.htm - 14k

Abishai (25 Occurrences)
... In the battle with Absalom's army at Mahanaim Abishai led one division of David's
army, Joab and Ittai commanding the other two (2 Samuel 18:2). With Joab he ...
/a/abishai.htm - 19k

March (41 Occurrences)
... (See RSV). 2 Samuel 15:22 David said to Ittai, "Go and pass over." Ittai the Gittite
passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him. ...
/m/march.htm - 19k

Ribai (2 Occurrences)
... ri'-ba-i, ri'-bi (ribhay; Septuagint Rheiba, with variants): A Benjamite, the father
of ITTAI (which see), one of David's "mighty men" (2 Samuel 23:29 parallel ...
/r/ribai.htm - 7k

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)
... part under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son
of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite ...
/j/jo'ab.htm - 34k

Marched (51 Occurrences)
... (See NIV). 2 Samuel 15:22 David said to Ittai, "Go and pass over." Ittai the Gittite
passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him. ...
/m/marched.htm - 21k

Passeth (100 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 15:22 And David saith unto Ittai, 'Go and pass over;' and Ittai the Gittite
passeth over, and all his men, and all the infants who 'are' with him. ...
/p/passeth.htm - 36k

Concordance
Ittai (9 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 15:18
And all the people went on by his side; and all the Cherethites and all the Pelethites and all the men of Ittai of Gath, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, went on before the king.
(BBE)

2 Samuel 15:19
Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, "Why do you also go with us? Return, and stay with the king; for you are a foreigner, and also an exile. Return to your own place.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 15:21
Ittai answered the king, and said, "As Yahweh lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in what place my lord the king shall is, whether for death or for life, even there also will your servant be."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 15:22
David said to Ittai, "Go and pass over." Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 18:2
David sent forth the people, a third part under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the people, "I will surely go forth with you myself also."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 18:5
The king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, "Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom." All the people heard when the king commanded all the captains concerning Absalom.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 18:12
The man said to Joab, "Though I should receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I still wouldn't put forth my hand against the king's son; for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, saying,'Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.'
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 23:29
Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS)

1 Chronicles 11:31
Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
(DBY)

Subtopics

Ittai

Ittai: A Chief of David

Ittai: Supports David Against Absalom

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Marched (51 Occurrences)

Passeth (100 Occurrences)

Troops (92 Occurrences)

Ithai (2 Occurrences)

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Ahead (98 Occurrences)

Youth (169 Occurrences)

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Netoph'ah (4 Occurrences)

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Charging (27 Occurrences)

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King's (375 Occurrences)

Bits (54 Occurrences)

Exile (101 Occurrences)

Benjaminites (32 Occurrences)

Commanders (93 Occurrences)

Gentle (48 Occurrences)

Weighing (39 Occurrences)

Captains (159 Occurrences)

Heleb (2 Occurrences)

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Gib'e-ah (45 Occurrences)

Beware (51 Occurrences)

Goest (79 Occurrences)

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Pieces (209 Occurrences)

Abide (162 Occurrences)

Deal (170 Occurrences)

Lift (283 Occurrences)

Stranger (152 Occurrences)

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