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BENAIAH in Easton's Bible Dictionary

built up by Jehovah. (1.) The son of Jehoiada, chief priest (1 Chr. 27:5). He was set by David over his body-guard of Cherethites and Pelethites (2 Sam. 8:18; 1 Kings 1:32; 1 Chr. 18:17). His exploits are enumerated in 2 Sam. 23:20, 21, 22; 1 Chr. 11:22. He remained faithful to Solomon (1 Kings 1:8, 10, 26), by whom he was raised to the rank of commander-in-chief (1 Kings 2:25, 29, 30, 34, 35; 4:4). (2.) 2 Sam. 23:30; 1 Chr. 11:31. (3.) A musical Levite (1 Chr. 15:18, 20). (4.) A priest (1 Chr. 15:24; 16:6). (5.) The son of Jeiel (2 Chr. 20:14).

BENAIAH in Smith's Bible Dictionary

(made by the Lord). 1. The son of Jehoiada the chief priest, #1Ch 27:5| of the tribe of Levi, though a native of Kabzeel, #2Sa 23:20| set by David, #1Ch 11:25| over his body-guard. #2Sa 8:18; 20:23; 1Ki 1:38; 1Ch 18:17| One of the mighty men. #2Sa 23:22,23; 1Ch 11:25; 27:6| The exploits which gave him this rank are narrated in #2Sa 28:20,21; 1Ch 11:22| He was captain of the host for the third month. #1Ch 27:5| Benaiah remained faithful to Solomon during Adonijah's attempt on the crown, #1Ki 1:8,10,32,38,44| and was raised unto the place of Joab as commander-in-chief of the whole army. #1Ki 2:35; 4:4| (B.C. 1005.) 2. Benaiah the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite, one of David's thirty mighty men, #2Sa 23:30; 1Ch 11:31| and the captain of the eleventh monthly course. #1Ch 27:14| 3. A Levite in the time of David, who "played with a psaltry on Alamoth." #1Ch 15:18,20; 16:5| 4. A priest in the time of David, appointed to blow the trumpet before the ark. #1Ch 15:24; 16:6| 5. A Levite of the sons of Asaph. #2Ch 20:14| 6. A Levite in the time of Hezekiah. #2Ch 31:13| 7. One of the "princes" of the families of Simeon. #1Ch 4:36| 8. Four laymen in the time of Ezra who had taken strange wives. #Ezr 10:25,30,35,43| 9. The father of Pelatiah. #Eze 11:1,13|

BENAIAH in Schaff's Bible Dictionary

BENA'IAH (whom Jehovah hath built up). 1. Son of Jehoiada, the chief priest, and distinguished for his enterprise and bravery on several occasions. 2 Sam 23:20-23. He was an adherent of Solomon against the pretensions of Adonijah, 1 Kgs 1:36, and after putting Joab to death succeeded to the command of the army. 1 Kgs 2:29-35. 2. One of David's warriors. 2 Sam 23:30; 1 Chr 11:31; 1 Chr 27:14. 3. A Simeonite chief. 1 Chr 4:36. 4. A musical Levite in David's day. 1 Chr 15:18, 1 Chr 15:20; 1 Chr 16:5. 5. A priest in David's reign. 1 Chr 15:24; 1 Chr 16:6. 6. A Levite. 2 Chr 20:14. 7. A Levite in Hezekiah's day. 2 Chr 31:13. 8., 9., 10., 11. Four persons who had foreign wives. Ezr 10:25, 1 Kgs 20:30, Ex 28:35,Ezr 10:43. 12. The father of Pelatiah. Eze 11:1, 2 Kgs 11:13.

BENAIAH in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

("whom Jehovah builds up".) Son of Jehoiada, the chief priest (1 Chronicles 27:5), so of the tribe of Levi, though of Kabzeel in S. Judah (2 Samuel 23:20; 1 Chronicles 11:22; 1 Chronicles 11:25; 1 Chronicles 18:17; 1 Chronicles 27:6); set over David's body guard, the Cherethites and Pelethites (2 Samuel 8:18; 2 Samuel 20:23; 2 Samuel 23:20; 2 Samuel 23:22-23; 1 Kings 1:38). Midway between the first three of "the mighty men" (gibborim), and the 30 "valiant men of the armies." "Mighty among the 30, and above the 30." He earned his position by slaying "two lion-like men of Moab," and "a lion in a pit in a snowy day," and "an Egyptian of great stature, a goodly man (2 Samuel 23:21), five cubits high," out of whose hand he plucked the spear like a weaver's beam, "and slew him with his own spear" (1 Chronicles 11:22-23). Having remained faithful in Adonijah's rebellion (1 Kings 1:8; 1 Kings 1:10; 1 Kings 1:32-38; 1 Kings 1:44), and having by Solomon's command slain him and Joab, he was promoted to the latter's post as commander in chief (1 Kings 2:25; 1 Kings 2:34-35; 1 Kings 4:4). Jehoiada, father of Benaiah, was next after Ahithophel in David's court (1 Chronicles 27:34). Eight others of the name are mentioned. 1. One of David's 30 "valiant men of the armies," the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite, captain of the 11th monthly course (2 Samuel 23:30; 1 Chronicles 11:31; 1 Chronicles 27:14). 2. A Levite of David's time who "played with a psaltery on alamoth" (1 Chronicles 15:18-20; 1 Chronicles 16:5). 3. A priest in David's time who blew the trumpet before the ark (1 Chronicles 15:24; 1 Chronicles 16:6). 4. A Levite of the sons of Asaph (2 Chronicles 20:14). 5. A Levite overseer of offerings, under Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:13). 6. A prince in the family of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:36). 7. Four who took strange wives (Ezra 10:25; Ezra 10:30; Ezra 10:35; Ezra 10:43). 8. Father of Pelatiah, a prince of the people, who gave presumptuous counsel against Ezekiel's inspired warnings, and was visited with death (Ezekiel 11).