mentioned always along with the Cherethites, and only in the time of David. The word probably means "runners" or "couriers," and may denote that while forming part of David's bodyguard, they were also sometimes employed as couriers (2 Sam. 8:18; 20:7, 23;1 Kings 1:38, 44; 1 Chr. 18:17). Some, however, think that these are the names simply of two Philistine tribes from which David selected his body-guard. They are mentioned along with the Gittites (2 Sam. 15:18), another body of foreign troops whom David gathered round him.
It appears from the name, pelethites and Cherethites, to have been entirely composed of foreigners; their leader was Benaiah.
The pelethites, the Cherethites, and the Gittites were the chief of these.
Thereupon, David summoned the Cherethites and pelethites to attend his son.
Benaiah, David's leader of the Cherethites and pelethites, 122, 126.
He set out with the Cherethites and pelethites, who were to form the nucleus of the army which he hoped to collect on the way.
Abishai took "Joab's men, and the Cherethites and the pelethites, and all the mighty men."