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(kih li' tuh) Personal name probably meaning, “crippled, dwarfed one,” but perhaps also meaning, “adopted one.” A Levite who assisted in interpreting the Law when it was read to the assembly of the people during the time of Ezra (Nehemiah 8:7 ) and who participated in the sealing of the covenant (Nehemiah 10:10 ). Kelita is perhaps a nickname for Kelaiah mentioned in Ezra 10:23 . There, Kelaiah (that is, the dwarf) gave up his foreign wife in accordance with the instructions of Ezra.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kelita'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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