Bible Cities: Ekron
Ekron in Easton's Bible Dictionary
firm-rooted, the most northerly of the five towns belonging to
the lords of the Philistines, about 11 miles north of
was assigned to Judah (Josh. 13:3), and afterwards to
(19:43), but came again into the full possession of
Philistines (1 Sam. 5:10). It was the last place to
Philistines carried the ark before they sent it back
(1 Sam. 5:10; 6:1-8). There was here a noted sanctuary
Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1: 2, 3, 6, 16). Now the small
It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 702, when
free its king, imprisoned by Hezekiah in Jerusalem,
the Assyrian record.
Ekron in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("the firm rooted".) Most northerly of the five Philistine
lordship cities, farthest from the sea, to the right of the
great road from Egypt northwards to Syria, in the shephelah
(low country). A landmark of Judah on the northern boundary
which ran thence to the sea at Jabneel (Joshua 15:45-46;
Judges 1:18). Afterward in Dan (Joshua 19:43); but the
Philistines permanently appropriated it (1 Samuel 5:10; 1
Samuel 17:52; Jeremiah 25:20). There the ark of the covenant
was taken last before its return to Israel.
A shrine and oracle of Baalzebub was there, to which
king Ahaziah applied for consultation in his sickness (2
Kings 1:2; 2 Kings 1:16). Zechariah 9:5, "Ekron for her
expectation shall be ashamed": she had expected Tyre would
withstand Alexander in his progress southward toward Egypt;
but her expectation shall bear the shame of disappointment.
Zephaniah 2:4 plays on her name, 'Ekron tee'akeer," the
firm-rooted one shall be rooted up." Now Akir, 3 miles E. of
Yebna, N. of the wady Surar; a village consisting of 50 mud
houses, with two well-built wells, is all that remains of
the once leading Philistine city, fulfilling the prophecy
that she should be rooted up.
Ekron in Hitchcock's Bible Names
barrenness; torn away
Ekron in Naves Topical Bible
One of the five chief cities of the Philistines
-Conquered and allotted to Judah
Jos 15:11,45; Jud 1:18
-Allotted to Dan
-The Ark of God taken to
-Temple of Baal-zebub at
Jer 25:20; Am 1:8; Zep 2:4; Zec 9:5
Ekron in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(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. Jos 13:3 Like the other Philistine
cities its situation was in the lowlands. It fell to the lot
of Judah. Jos 15:45,46; Jud 1:18 Afterwards we find it
mentioned among the cities of Dan. Jos 19:43 Before the
monarchy it was again in full possession of the Philistines.
1Sa 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 in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
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.
Ekron Scripture - 1 Samuel 17:52
And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and
pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to
the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell
down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
Ekron Scripture - 1 Samuel 5:10
Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to
pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites
cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God
of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.
Ekron Scripture - 1 Samuel 6:16
And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen [it], they
returned to Ekron the same day.
Ekron Scripture - 1 Samuel 6:17
And these [are] the golden emerods which the Philistines
returned [for] a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod
one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron
Ekron Scripture - 1 Samuel 7:14
And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel
were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the
coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the
Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the
Ekron Scripture - 2 Kings 1:16
And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou
hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron,
[is it] not because [there is] no God in Israel to enquire of
his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on
which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
Ekron Scripture - 2 Kings 1:2
And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber
that [was] in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers,
and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron
whether I shall recover of this disease.
Ekron Scripture - 2 Kings 1:3
But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise,
go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say
unto them, [Is it] not because [there is] not a God in Israel,
[that] ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
Ekron Scripture - 2 Kings 1:6
And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and
said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and
say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, [Is it] not because [there
is] not a God in Israel, [that] thou sendest to enquire of
Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down
from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
Ekron Scripture - Amos 1:8
And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that
holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand
against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall
perish, saith the Lord GOD.
Ekron Scripture - Jeremiah 25:20
And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of
Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and
Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
Ekron Scripture - Joshua 13:3
From Sihor, which [is] before Egypt, even unto the borders of
Ekron northward, [which] is counted to the Canaanite: five
lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites,
the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the
Ekron Scripture - Joshua 15:11
And the border went out unto the side of Ekron northward: and
the border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount
Baalah, and went out unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the
border were at the sea.
Ekron Scripture - Joshua 15:45
Ekron, with her towns and her villages:
Ekron Scripture - Joshua 15:46
From Ekron even unto the sea, all that [lay] near Ashdod, with
Ekron Scripture - Joshua 19:43
And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron,
Ekron Scripture - Judges 1:18
Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with
the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
Ekron Scripture - Zechariah 9:5
Ashkelon shall see [it], and fear; Gaza also [shall see it],
and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be
ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon
shall not be inhabited.
Ekron Scripture - Zechariah 9:7
And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his
abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth,
even he, [shall be] for our God, and he shall be as a governor
in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
Ekron Scripture - Zephaniah 2:4
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they
shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be
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