🔼The name Arbite: Summary
- Someone From Arab, Ambusher
- From the verb ארב ('arab), to lie in wait or ambush.
🔼The name Arbite in the Bible
There's only one Arbite mentioned in the Bible and he is Paarai the Arbite, one of the mighty-men of king David (2 Samuel 23:35). The list of David's mighty-men is also submitted in 1 Chronicles 11 but Paarai the Arbite isn't mentioned by the Chronicler. He may be the same as Naarai the son of Ezbai (1 Chronicles 11:37).
🔼Etymology of the name Arbite
The name Arbite may either be an ethnonym and describe someone from the town of Arab (which has nothing to do with Arabia), or it is a regular adjective and describes someone routinely engaged in the act that's conveyed by the verb ארב ('arab), meaning to lie in wait or ambush:
The verb ארב ('arab) describes a sudden emergence out of a safe place, mostly in order to execute an attack. Noun ארב ('ereb) refers to a lying in wait. Nouns ארב ('oreb) and ארבה ('orba) mean ambush or trickery, and מארב (ma'arab) describes a place or agent of trickery. Noun ארבה ('aruba) describes an escape hatch or window.
The name Arbite may either mean Someone From Arab or Ambusher.