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HEBREW: 6138 Nwrqe `Eqrown
NAVE: Ekron
EBD: Ekron
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In Bible versions:

a town in the western foothills of Judah
residents of the town of Ekron

barrenness; torn away
NETBible Maps: Map7 D3 ; Map8 G2 ; Map9 B2 ; OT2 B6 ; OT4 B6 ; OT5 B6
Google Maps: Ekron (31° 46´, 34° 51´)


Strongs #06138: Nwrqe `Eqrown

Ekron = "emigration" or "torn up by the roots"

1) the most northerly of the 5 principal cities of the Philistines;
located in the lowlands of Judah and later given to Dan

6138 `Eqrown ek-rone'

from 6131; eradication; Ekron, a place in Palestine:-Ekron.
see HEBREW for 06131

Ekron [EBD]

firm-rooted, the most northerly of the five towns belonging to the lords of the Philistines, about 11 miles north of Gath. It was assigned to Judah (Josh. 13:3), and afterwards to Dan (19:43), but came again into the full possession of the Philistines (1 Sam. 5:10). It was the last place to which the Philistines carried the ark before they sent it back to Israel (1 Sam. 5:10; 6:1-8). There was here a noted sanctuary of Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1: 2, 3, 6, 16). Now the small village Akir. It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 702, when Sennacherib set free its king, imprisoned by Hezekiah in Jerusalem, according to the Assyrian record.

Ekron [NAVE]

One of the five chief cities of the Philistines, Josh. 13:3.
Conquered and allotted to Judah, Josh. 15:11, 45; Judg. 1:18.
Allotted to Dan, Josh. 19:43.
The Ark of God taken to, 1 Sam. 5:10.
Temple of Baal-zebub at, 2 Kin. 1:2.
Prophecies against, Jer. 25:20; Amos 1:8; Zeph. 2:4; Zech. 9:5.


(torn up by the roots; emigration), one of the five towns belonging to the lords of the Philistines, and the most northerly of the five. (Joshua 13:3) Like the other Philistine cities its situation was in the lowlands. It fell to the lot of Judah. (Joshua 15:45,46; Judges 1:18) Afterwards we find it mentioned among the cities of Dan. (Joshua 19:43) Before the monarchy it was again in full possession of the Philistines. (1 Samuel 5:10) Akir , the modern representative of Ekron, lies about five miles southwest of Ramleh . In the Apocrypha it appears as ACCARON. 1Macc 10:89 only.


EKRON; EKRONITE - ek'-ron, ek'-ron-it 'eqron, "migration," "rooting out"; Akkaron): The most northerly of the chief cities of the Philistines. It was not subdued by Joshua (13:3) but was allotted, in the division of the land, first to Judah and then to Dan (Josh 15:11,45,46; 19:43). It was taken by Judah (Jdg 1:18). The people of Ekron are prominent in the story of the ark in the land of the Philistines. It was they who proposed to have it sent back to Israel (1 Sam 5:10; 6:16,17). After the defeat of the Philistines, when David killed Goliath, the Israelites pursued them to the gates of Ekron, which was evidently the nearest walled town in which the fugitives could take refuge (1 Sam 17:52). It was the seat of the worship of the god Baalzebub, as appears in the account of the sickness and death of Ahaziah (2 Ki 1:2,3,6:16). It is included among other cities in the denunciations of Amos (1:8) and of Jeremiah (25:20). Zephaniah declares that it shall be rooted up (2:4), and Zechariah speaks of its consternation at the fall of Tyre (9:5,7). From the Assyrian records we learn that it revolted against Sennacherib and expelled Padi, the governor he had placed over it, and sent him to Hezekiah, at Jerusalem, for safe keeping. Sennacherib marched against it and Ekron called in the aid of the king of Mutsri, formerly supposed to be Egypt but now regarded by some scholars as a district of Northwestern Arabia. Sennacherib raised the siege of Ekron to defeat this army, which he did at Eltekeh, and then returned and took the city by storm and put to death the leaders of the revolt and carried their adherents into captivity. He then compelled Hezekiah to restore Padi, who was once more made governor. This affair led to the famous attack of Sennacherib on Hezekiah and Jerusalem (Rawl., Anc. Mon., II, 159). Ekron is mentioned in 1 Macc 10:89 as being given by Alexander Balas to Jonathan Maccabeus, and it appears in the accounts of the first Crusade.

Ekronite: An inhabitant of Ekron, used in plural in Josh 13:3 and 1 Sam 5:10.

H. Porter

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