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The Hagrites (also spelled Hagarite) were an offshoot of the Ishmaelites mentioned in the Bible, the inhabitants of the regions of Jetur, Naphish and Nodab lying east of Gilead. Their name is understood to be derived from Hagar.

According to First Chronicles 5:18-22, the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half of the tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, brought 44,760 to battle with the Hagrites and defeated them. Through the battle, the Reubenites captured the Hagrite land as well as 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys. Finally, the Reubenites captured 100,000 Hagrites, men, women and children and held them as captives. The Hagrites are no longer mentioned as a distinct people after the reign of King David.

Due to the Israelite feud with the Hagrites, Asaph uttered a harsh prayer against them in Psalms 83:6. On the other hand, King David of Israel ignored the feud and made Jazziz the Hagrite steward of his flocks.


  • Comfort, Philip and Walter Elwell. Tyndale Bible Dictionary. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. ISBN 0-8423-7089-7

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