also known as: Obededom
Meaning: servant of Edom
This was the name of 3 or 4 Biblical men. The name appears 20 times in 15 verses in the King James and New King James Versions, and 19 times in 16 verses in the New International Version.
Obededom “The Gittite”—This title either means that he was a native of Gath-Rimmon (Gath Rimmon) in Dan and a Levite (1 Chronicles 15:18) of the family of the Korhites (1 Chronicles 26:1, 4-8) or that he was a native of Gath. If the later, he may have been one of David's bodyguards.
He was specially intrusted the custody of the ark of the covenant (2 Samuel 6:10-12). “When David was bringing up the ark ‘from the house of Abinadab, that was in Gibeah’ (probably some hill or eminence near Kirjath-jearim), and had reached Nachon's threshing-floor, he became afraid because of the ‘breach upon Uzzah,’ and carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom (2 Samuel 6:1-12)” [Matthew G. Easton, Easton's Bible Dictionary].
It is not clear whether this is the same person as mentioned above, or a second man named Obed-Edom. He played was assigned by David to “minister before the ark of the LORD” when it was placed in the tabernacle.