🔼The name Ira in the Bible
There are three men named Ira in the Bible, and they are all associated with king David:
- Ira the Jairite, "a priest to David," who is mentioned in a small list of military, political and religious leaders (2 Samuel 20:26).
- A son of Ikkesh the Tekoite and one of David's celebrated mighty-men. (2 Samuel 23:26, 1 Chronicles 11:28). He is also the sixth commander of the army of David (1 Chronicles 27:9).
- Ira the Ithrite, also one of David's mighty-men (2 Samuel 23:38, 1 Chronicles 11:40).
🔼Etymology of the name Ira
The name Ira obviously comes from the following word group, but there's no consensus on which specific word:
For a meaning of the name Ira, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derive it from the verb עור ('ur I) meaning to rouse oneself, and read Watchful. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but does list it under the noun עיר ('ayir), meaning Wild Ass.