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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
jā´ẽr - ı̄t ( יארי , yā'irı̄ , "of Jair"): In 2 Samuel 20:26 , Ira the Jairite is "chief minister unto David." He was a descendant of Jair who was a Manassite (Numbers 32:41 , etc.) and whose territory was in Gilead. Septuagint, Lucian, and Syriac suggest יתּרי , yattirı̄ , "Jattirite," i.e. a native of Jattir mentioned in 1 Samuel 30:27 as one of the towns friendly to David when he was in Ziklag. It is not improbable that a native of Jattir would be given such a post by David. See IRA , and compare 2 Samuel 23:38 .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Jairite'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/j/jairite.html. 1915.