Jairite

ja'-er-it (ya'iri, "of Jair"): In 2 Sam 20:26, Ira the Jairite is "chief minister unto David." He was a descendant of Jair who was a Manassite (Nu 32:41, etc.) and whose territory was in Gilead. Septuagint, Lucian, and Syriac suggest yattiri, "Jattirite," i.e. a native of Jattir mentioned in 1Sa 30:27 as one of the towns friendly to David when he was in Ziklag. It is not improbable that a native of Jattir would be given such a post by David.

See also the McClintock and Strong Biblical Cyclopedia.

See IRA, and compare 2Sa 23:38.

 
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