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Ira

Ira [N] [H] [S]

citizen; wakeful.

  • A Tekoite, one of David's thirty warriors ( 2 Samuel 23:26 ).

  • An Ithrite, also one of David's heroes ( 2 Samuel 23:38 ).

  • A Jairite and priest, a royal chaplain ( 2 Samuel 20:26 ) or confidential adviser (Compare 2 Samuel 8:18 ; 1 Chronicles 18:17 ).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Ira". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Ira [N] [E] [S]

    watchman; making bare; pouring out
    Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Ira'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Ira [N] [E] [H]

    (watchful of a city ).

    1. "The Jairite," named in the catalogue of Davids great officers. ( 2 Samuel 20:26 )
    2. One of the heroes of Davids guard. ( 2 Samuel 23:38 ; 1 Chronicles 11:40 )
    3. Another of Davids guard, a Tekoite, son of Ikkesh- ( 2 Samuel 23:26 ; 1 Chronicles 11:28 ) (B.C. 1046-1014.)

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Ira'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

    IRA

    i'-ra (`ira'; Eiras):

    (1) A person referred to in 2 Samuel 20:26 as "priest" (so the Revised Version (British and American) correctly; the King James Version "a chief ruler," the American Standard Revised Version "chief minister") unto David. The translation of the Revised Version (British and American) is the only possible one; but, according to the text, Ira was "a Jairite," and thus of the tribe of Manasseh (Numbers 32:41) and not eligible to the priesthood. On the basis of the Peshitta some would correct "Jairite" of 2 Samuel 20:26 into "Jattirite," referring to Jattir, a priestly city within the territory of Judah (Joshua 21:14). Others point to 2 Samuel 8:18 margin, "David's sons were priests," as an indication that in David's time some non-Levites were permitted to serve--in some sense--as priests.

    (2) An "Ithrite," or (with a different pointing of the text) a "Jattirite," one of David's "thirty" (2 Samuel 23:38 parallel 1 Chronicles 11:40); possibly identical with (1).

    (3) Another of David's "thirty," son of Ikkesh of Tekoa (2 Samuel 23:26; 1 Chronicles 11:28) and a captain of the temple guard (1 Chronicles 27:9).

    F. K. Farr


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    Bibliography Information
    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'IRA'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.