(bee nawee' uh) Personal name meaning, “Yahweh has built.” 1. Captain of David's professional soldiers (2 Samuel 8:18;
2 Samuel 20:23), known for heroic feats such as disarming an Egyptian and killing him with his own sword as well as killing a lion in the snow (2 Samuel 23:20-23). Still he was not among the top three military advisors of David (2 Samuel 20:23). His unquestioned loyalty to David led Adonijah not to include him as he attempted to replace David as king instead of Solomon (1 Kings 1:8-26). He followed David's orders and helped annoint Solomon as king (1 Kings 1:32-47). He became Solomon's executioner (1 Kings 2:25-46) and army commander (1 Kings 4:4). 2. A. Pirathonite who is listed among the elite warriors of David known as the “thirty” (2 Samuel 23:30). 3. In
1 Chronicles 4:36, a Simeonite prince who was involved in a defeat of the Amalekites. 4. In
1 Chronicles 15:18, a Levitical musician involved in the processional when the ark of the covenant was brought to Jerusalem. 5. In
1 Chronicles 15:24, a priest who sounded a trumpet when the ark was brought to Jerusalem. 6. In
2 Chronicles 20:14, an Asaphite, the grandfather of Jahaziel. 7. In
2 Chronicles 31:13, one of the overseers who assisted in the collection of contributions in the house of the Lord during the reign of Hezekiah. 8. In
Ezekiel 11:1, the father of Pelatiah. 9. In
Ezra 10:1, the name of four Israelite men who put away their foreign wives.
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