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Benaiah


Bena’iah (made by the Lord).

1. The son of Jehoiada the chief priest, 1 Chron. 27:5, of the tribe of Levi, though a native of Kabzeel, 2 Sam. 23:20; set by David, 1 Chron. 11:25, over his body-guard. 2 Sam. 8:18; 20:23; 1 Kings 1:38; 1 Chron. 18:17. One of the mighty men. 2 Sam. 23:22, 23; 1 Chron. 11:25; 27:6. The exploits which gave him this rank are narrated in 2 Sam. 23:20, 21; 1 Chron. 11:22. He was captain of the host for the third month. 1 Chron. 27:5. Benaiah remained faithful to Solomon during Adonijah’s attempt on the crown, 1 Kings 1:8, 10, 32, 38, 44, and was raised into the place of Joab as commander-in-chief of the whole army. 1 Kings 2:35; 4:4. (b.c. 1005.)

2. Benaiah the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite, one of David’s thirty mighty men, 2 Sam. 23:30; 1 Chron. 11:31, and the captain of the eleventh monthly course. 1 Chron. 27:14.

3. A Levite in the time of David, who “played with a psaltery on Alamoth.” 1 Chron. 15:18, 20; 16:5.

4. A priest in the time of David, appointed to blow the trumpet before the ark. 1 Chron. 15:24; 16:6.

5. A Levite of the sons of Asaph. 2 Chron. 20:14.

6. A Levite in the time of Hezekiah. 2 Chron. 31:13.

7. One of the “princes” of the families of Simeon. 1 Chron. 4:36.

8. Four laymen in the time of Ezra who had taken strange wives. Ezra 10:25, 30, 35, 43.

9. The father of Pelatiah. Ezek. 11:1, 13.