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PALTI (păl'tī, Heb. paltî, delivered). One of the twelve spies, from the tribe of Benjamin (Num.13.9).

PALTI păl’ tī (פַּלְטִ֖י, Yahweh delivers). 1. Son of Raphu; a Benjamite leader sent by Moses with eleven other spies to spy out the land of Canaan (Num 13:9).

2. Son of Laish; a Benjamite. Saul gave his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Palti after David lost favor with him (1 Sam 25:44 KJV PHALTI, făl’ tī). Later she was taken away from Palti and restored to David (2 Sam 3:15, RSV PALTIEL, păl’ tĭ el; KJV PHALTIEL, fal’ tĭ el).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(palTi, "Yah delivers"):

(1) One of the "searchers" of Canaan sent by Moses (Nu 13:9), representing Benjamin in the expedition (13:9).

(2) The man to whom Saul gave Michal, David’s wife, after the estrangement (1Sa 25:44). He is "the captain of the people" of 2 Esdras 5:16 ("Phaltiel," margin "Psaltiel"). In 2Sa 3:15, he is named "Phaltiel" (the King James Version), "Paltiel" (the Revised Version), and is there mentioned in connection with David’s recovery of Michal.

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