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debir


debir


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Debir 
  oracle  town;  sanctuary.  (1.)  One  of  the  eleven  cities  to  the 
  west  of  Hebron,  in  the  highlands  of  Judah  (Josh.  15:49;  Judg. 
  1:11-15).  It  was  originally  one  of  the  towns  of  the  Anakim 
  (Josh.  15:15),  and  was  also  called  Kirjath-sepher  (q.v.)  and 
  Kirjath-sannah  (49).  Caleb,  who  had  conquered  and  taken 
  possession  of  the  town  and  district  of  Hebron  (Josh.  14:6-15), 
  offered  the  hand  of  his  daughter  to  any  one  who  would 
  successfully  lead  a  party  against  Debir.  Othniel,  his  younger 
  brother  (Judg.  1:13;  3:9),  achieved  the  conquest,  and  gained 
  Achsah  as  his  wife.  She  was  not  satisfied  with  the  portion  her 
  father  gave  her  and  as  she  was  proceeding  toward  her  new  home, 
  she  "lighted  from  off  her  ass"  and  said  to  him  "Give  me  a 
  blessing  [i.e.,  a  dowry]:  for  thou  hast  given  me  a  south  land" 
  (Josh.  15:19,  A.V.);  or  as  in  the  Revised  Version,  "Thou  hast 
  set  me  in  the  land  of  the  south",  i.e.,  in  the  Negeb  outside 
  the  rich  valley  of  Hebron,  in  the  dry  and  barren  land.  "Give  me 
  also  springs  of  water.  And  he  gave  her  the  upper  springs,  and 
  the  nether  springs." 
 
  Debir  has  been  identified  with  the  modern  Edh-Dhaheriyeh, 
  i.e.,  "the  well  on  the  ridge",  to  the  south  of  Hebron. 
 
  (2.)  A  place  near  the  "valley  of  Achor"  (Josh.  15:7),  on  the 
  north  boundary  of  Judah,  between  Jerusalem  and  Jericho. 
 
  (3.)  The  king  of  Eglon,  one  of  the  five  Canaanitish  kings  who 
  were  hanged  by  Joshua  (Josh.  10:3,  23)  after  the  victory  at 
  Gibeon.  These  kings  fled  and  took  refuge  in  a  cave  at  Makkedah. 
  Here  they  were  kept  confined  till  Joshua  returned  from  the 
  pursuit  of  their  discomfited  armies,  when  he  caused  them  to  be 
  brought  forth,  and  "Joshua  smote  them  and  slew  them  and  hanged 
  them  on  five  trees"  (26). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Debir,  an  orator;  a  word