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    Rei in Easton's Bible Dictionary friendly, one who maintained true allegiance to king David (1 Kings 1:8) when Adonijah rebelled.

    Rei in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Remained faithful to David in Adonijah's rebellion. Ewald makes Rei as Shimei, David's brother. Raddad (1 Kings 1:8). Jerome (Quaest. Hebrew) makes him "Hiram the Zairite," i.e. "Ira the Jairite."

    Rei in Hitchcock's Bible Names my shepherd; my companion; my friend

    Rei in Naves Topical Bible -An Israelite who remained loyal to David at the time of the usurpation of Adonijah 1Ki 1:8

    Rei in Smiths Bible Dictionary (friendly), a person mentioned (in 1Ki 1:8 only) as having remained firm to David's cause when Adonijah rebelled. (B.C. 1015.)

    Rei in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE re'-i (re`i, "friendly"; Rhesei): Rei, Shimei and the Gibborim who belonged to David are listed among those who did not join Adonijah in his attempt on the throne (1 Ki 1:8). The name is very uncertain. Winckler (Geschichte, II, 247) identifies him with Ira, the Jairite, who was a "priest to David" (2 Sam 20:26 the Revised Version margin); he tries to prove that this Ira (or Jair) was a priest of Bethlehem. Stade (GVI, I, 293, note 1) holds that Shimei and Rei were two officers of David's bodyguard. Josephus (Ant., VII, xiv, 4) has ho Daouidou philos, thus making Shimei a "friend," the courtier of 2 Sam 15:37; 16:16, and omitting Rei entirely. This would call for an original reading re`h ha-melekh, or re`eh ha-melekh, and is too wide a variant from the Massoretic Text. Assuming that Rei belongs in the text, it is safe to conjecture that he was an officer of the royal guard. Horace J. Wolf