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ME-GID`DO (precious fruit), A town of Manasseh on
southern limit of the plain of Esdraelon, Josh, xii, 21. Scene of the great
conflict between Sisera and Barak and of Josiah's death.
Smiths Bible Dictionary. (place of crowns) was in a very marked position on the
southern rim of the plain of Esdraelon, on the frontier line of the territories
of the tribes of Issachar and Manasseh, 6 miles from Mount Carmel and 11 from
Nazareth. It commanded one of those passes from the north into the hill country
which were of such critical importance on various occasions in the history of
Judea. Judith 4:7. The first mention occurs in Jos 12:21 where Megiddo appears
as the city of one of the kings whom Joshua defeated on the west of the Jordan.
The song of Deborah brings the place vividly before us, as the scene of the
great conflict between Sisera and Barak. When Pharaoh- necho came from Egypt
against the king of Assyria, Josiah joined the latter, and was slain at Megiddo.
2Ki 23:29; 2Ch 35:22-24 Megiddo is the modern el-Lejjun, which is undoubtedly
the Legio of Eusebius and Jerome. There is a copious stream flowing down the
gorge, and turning some mills before joining the Kishon. Here are probably the
"waters of Megiddo" of Jud 5:19
Tell. el-Mutesellim. Fortified city where pass across Mount Carmel enters Plain
of Esdraelon (Plain of Megiddo). Captured by Thutmose III; opposed Joshua and
remained in Canaanite hands, Josh. 12:21; 17:11; Judg. 1:27; in Solomon's fifth
district, 1 Kgs. 4:12; fortified by Solomon, 1 Kgs. 9:15; 2 Kgs. 9:27; 23:29.
Scene of important excavations showing occupation from early fourth millennium
to 350 B.C.
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Joshua 17:11 -
And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Bethshean and her towns, and Ibleam
and her towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of
Endor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the
inhabitants of Megiddo and
her towns, [even] three countries.
Judges 1:27 -
Neither did Manasseh drive out [the inhabitants of] Bethshean and her towns, nor
Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the
inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and
her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
1 Chronicles 7:29 -
And by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Bethshean and her towns, Taanach
and her towns, Megiddo and
her towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of
Judges 5:19 -
The kings came [and] fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the
waters of Megiddo;
they took no gain of money.
Joshua 12:21 -
The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo,
2 Kings 23:29 -
In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to
the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo,
when he had seen him.
1 Kings 9:15 -
And this [is] the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the
house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and
Hazor, and Megiddo,
2 Kings 23:30 -
And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo,
and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the
people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made
him king in his father's stead.
1 Kings 4:12 -
Baana the son of Ahilud; [to him pertained] Taanach and Megiddo,
and all Bethshean, which [is] by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to
Abelmeholah, [even] unto [the place that is] beyond Jokneam:
2 Kings 9:27 -
But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw [this], he fled by the way of the garden
house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot.
[And they did so] at the going up to Gur, which [is] by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo,
and died there.
2 Chronicles 35:22 -
Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself,
that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the
mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
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