near; timely; or, with the Lord. (1.) A Benjamite, one of David's thirty heroes (2 Sam. 23:29). (2.) A native of Gath, a Philistine, who had apparently the command of the six hundred heroes who formed David's band during his wanderings (2 Sam. 15:19-22; comp. 1 Sam. 23:13; 27:2; 30:9, 10). He is afterwards with David at Mahanaim, holding in the army equal rank with Joab and Abishai (2 Sam. 18:2, 5, 12). He then passes from view.
And ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.
The interview between David and ittai was most creditable to the feelings of the fugitive king.
But the generous proposal of David was rejected with equal nobility on the part of ittai.
ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him.
Him too, as well as ittai and the priests, David wished to send back.
So ittai marched on with all his men and with all the children who were with him.