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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