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The Cherethites and Pelethites were people who lived among the Philistines and who, like the Philistines, probably came originally from Crete (1 Samuel 30:14; Ezekiel 25:16; Zephaniah 2:5; see PHILISTIA). They were such good soldiers that David, upon conquering the Philistines, used them to form his personal bodyguard, under the command of the tough Benaiah (2 Samuel 8:18; 2 Samuel 20:23). They were fiercely loyal to David through the rebellions of Absalom and Sheba, and they supported David’s chosen successor, Solomon, when there was an attempted coup against him (2 Samuel 15:18; 2 Samuel 20:7; 1 Kings 1:38). There is no mention of them after the death of David.

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Cherethites'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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