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GAREB (gā'rĕb, Heb. gārēv, scabby)

An Ithrite, a member of one of the families of Kiriath Jearim (1Chr.2.53) and one of David’s mighty men (2Sam.23.38; 1Chr.11.40).A hill near Jerusalem to which the city would expand, as foreseen by the prophet Jeremiah (31:39). The site is unknown.

GAREB gâr’ ĕb (גָּרֵ֖ב; itch, scab). 1. An Ithrite warrior singled out for recognition among David’s “thirty” heroes (2 Sam 23:38; 1 Chron 11:40). According to 1 Chronicles 2:53, the Ithrites were a family of Kiriath-jearim (q.v.), but some scholars prefer to understand Gareb to be a native of the village of Jattir (q.v.), a reading that requires only a change of pointing (see S. R. Driver: Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Samuel, 2nd ed. [1913], 372).

2. A hill not far from Jerusalem, mentioned by Jeremiah as a landmark for the future limits of the city (Jer 31:39). Scholars have not agreed on the site, not even on the direction from the city.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


One of David’s "mighty men of the armies" (2Sa 23:38; 1Ch 11:40), an "Ithrite," i.e. a member of one of the families of Kiriath-jearim (1Ch 2:53). Some, however, read ha-yattiri for ha- yithri, thus making him a native of Jattir.

See Ira.