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Barzillai the Gileadite was a friend to David, and brought him food for his army at Mahanaim. At the time, King David and his army were fleeing from Jerusalem and from the army of Absalom.[1] Later, when David was on his deathbed, he remembered the kindness of Barzillai, and had Solomon take in Barzillai's family as guests of the king.[2] The name Barzillai means "made of iron."

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  1. 2 Samuel 17:27-29 (Link)
  2. 1 Kings 2:7 (Link)