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So David said to Ittai, “Come along then.” 1 So Ittai the Gittite went along, 2 accompanied by all his men and all the dependents 3 who were with him.
Ithai 1 son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjaminite territory, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
Heled 1 son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin,
Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come with us? Go back and stay with the new 1 king, for you are a foreigner and an exile from your own country. 2
But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king is, whether dead or alive, 1 there I 2 will be as well!”
David then sent out the army – a third under the leadership of Joab, a third under the leadership of Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under the leadership of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the troops, “I too will indeed march out with you.”
The king gave this order to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: “For my sake deal gently with the young man Absalom.” Now the entire army was listening when the king gave all the leaders this order concerning Absalom.
The man replied to Joab, “Even if 1 I were receiving 2 a thousand pieces of silver, 3 I would not strike 4 the king’s son! In our very presence 5 the king gave this order to you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’ 6