Bethlehem, 1 Etam, Tekoa,
Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,
Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
After Hezron’s death, Caleb had sexual relations with Ephrath, his father Hezron’s widow, and she bore to him Ashhur the father of Tekoa. 1
After them the men of Tekoa worked on another section, from opposite the great protruding tower to the wall of Ophel.
Early the next morning they marched out to the Desert of Tekoa. When they were ready to march, Jehoshaphat stood up and said: “Listen to me, you people of Judah 1 and residents of Jerusalem! Trust in the Lord your God and you will be safe! 2 Trust in the message of his prophets and you will win.”
So Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman. He told her, “Pretend to be in mourning 1 and put on garments for mourning. Don’t anoint yourself with oil. Instead, act like a woman who has been mourning for the dead for some time. 2
Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite,
The Tekoan woman said to the king, “My lord the king, let any blame fall on me and on the house of my father. But let the king and his throne be innocent!”
The sixth, assigned the sixth month, was Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.