People of the Promised Land: Ittai

Image result for ittai in bibleIttai means “God is with me.” Ittai was a son of Ribai, a Benjamite from Gibeah and was numbered among David’s mighty warriors. A Gittite (non-Israeli), he was a commander in David’s army. He shows loyalty to David despite being a foreigner. Significant because of his loyalty, Ittai earned a place in the Bible as an example of not abandoning your friends/leaders/king when they are weak.

Today, Itai is one of the most popular names for boys in Israel.