Pelethites (Pel´uh-thits)

A group of mercenaries who, along with the Cherethites, constituted David’s bodyguard (2Sam 8:18; 2Sam 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 coastal plain of Palestine at the time of the invasions of the Peoples of the Sea. David may have won their allegiance while he was in the service of the Philistine king of Gath (1Sam 27).

2Sam 8:18

18Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.

2Sam 23:23

23He was renowned among the Thirty, but he did not attain to the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

1Sam 27

David Serves King Achish of Gath
1David said in his heart, “I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul; there is nothing better for me than to escape to the ... View more

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