built up by Jehovah. (1.) The son of Jehoiada, chief priest (1 Chr. 27:5). He was set by David over his body-guard of Cherethites and Pelethites (2 Sam. 8:18; 1 Kings 1:32; 1 Chr. 18:17). His exploits are enumerated in 2 Sam. 23:20, 21, 22; 1 Chr. 11:22. He remained faithful to Solomon (1 Kings 1:8, 10, 26), by whom he was raised to the rank of commander-in-chief (1 Kings 2:25, 29, 30, 34, 35; 4:4). (2.) 2 Sam. 23:30; 1 Chr. 11:31. (3.) A musical Levite (1 Chr. 15:18, 20). (4.) A priest (1 Chr. 15:24; 16:6). (5.) The son of Jeiel (2 Chr. 20:14).
It appears from the name, Pelethites and Cherethites, to have been entirely composed of foreigners; their leader was benaiah.
This man was benaiah who, in the dark of night, was hauled up by his attendants.
And benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.
benaiah, David's leader of the Cherethites and Pelethites, 122, 126.
So Joab was slain by benaiah at the altar of the sacred tent, and buried "in his house in the desert."
And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of benaiah died.
benaiah, son of Jehoiada, one of the bravest of David's soldiers, was their commander.
So saying, and tripping lightly over many a sleeping form, he touched benaiah.
And when benaiah had done what he was commanded to do, he was himself appointed to be captain of the whole army.
benaiah naturally scrupled under such circumstances to carry out Solomon's order, and went back to him for instruction.