men of Gath
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Bibliography InformationHitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Gittites'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names".
men of Gath
(belonging to Gath ), the 600 men who followed David from Gath, under Ittai the Gittite, ( 2 Samuel 15:18 2 Samuel 15:19 ) and who probably acted as a kind of body-guard. Obed-edom "the Gittite" may have been so named from the town of Gittaim in Benjamin, ( 2 Samuel 4:3 ; Nehemiah 11:33 ) or from Gath-rimmon.
git'-its (gittim, plural of gittiy):
The inhabitants of Gath. They are mentioned along with the inhabitants of the other chief Philistine cities in Joshua 13:3. It would seem that numbers of them emigrated to Judah, for we find 600 of them acting as a bodyguard to David with Ittai at their head (2 Samuel 15:18; 18:2). Obed-edom, to whom David entrusted the ark when he was frustrated in bringing it into the city of David, was a Gittite (2 Samuel 6:11; 1 Chronicles 13:13). The Gittites seem to have been remarkable for their great stature (2 Samuel 21:19; 1 Chronicles 20:5).
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