Bible Cities: Penuel
Penuel in Easton's Bible Dictionary
face of God, a place not far from Succoth, on the east of the
Jordan and north of the river Jabbok. It is also
"Peniel." Here Jacob wrestled (Gen. 32:24-32) "with a
angel", Hos. 12:4. Jacob says of him, "I have seen God
face") "till the break of day."
A town was afterwards built there (Judg. 8:8; 1 Kings
The men of this place refused to succour Gideon and
army when they were in pursuit of the Midianites
On his return, Gideon slew the men of this city and
lofty watch-tower to the ground.
Penuel in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(See PENIEL.) Between Jabbok and Succoth (Genesis 32:22-30-
31; Genesis 33:17). Gideon after Succoth mounted to Penuel
(Judges 8:5-8.) (See GIDEON.) It then had a tower. Jeroboam
fortified Penuel (1 Kings 12:25.) The men of Penuel, like
those of Succoth, as living on the great army route between
Canaan and the East, would not help Gideon through fear of
Midian's vengeance. Penuel was a frontier fortress built "by
the way of them that dwelt in tents" (i.e., their usual
route along the course of the Jabbok, where they would have
a level way and grass and water, down to the Damieh ford of
the Jordan, and so into Canaan).
Hence arose Jeroboam's need of rebuilding the tower
which Gideon had broken down long before, and which lay due
E. from his capital. Four miles above "Canaan's ford" are
two conical hills called "hills of gold" (Dhahab) from the
yellow sandstone; one is on one side, the other on the other
side, of the stream. The western one is larger and has more
ruins; the ruins on the eastern one are remarkable, a
platform running along its precipitous side, strengthened by
a wall 20 ft. high and very solid. The work is cyclopean and
of the oldest times; and there are no ruins along the Jabbok
course for 50 miles save those. The strange aspect of the
place harmonizes with the name given after Jacob's wrestling
with the angel of Jehovah, "the Face of God."
Penuel in Hitchcock's Bible Names
same as Peniel - face or vision of God; that sees God
Penuel in Naves Topical Bible
1. Also called PENIEL
City built where Jacob wrestled with the angel
Ge 32:31; Jud 8:8,9,17; 1Ki 12:25
-2. Chief of Gedor
-3. A Benjamite
Penuel in Smiths Bible Dictionary
Penuel in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
Penuel Scripture - 1 Chronicles 4:4
And Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah.
These [are] the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the
father of Bethlehem.
Penuel Scripture - 1 Chronicles 8:25
And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak;
Penuel Scripture - 1 Kings 12:25
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt
therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
Penuel Scripture - Genesis 32:31
And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he
halted upon his thigh.
Penuel Scripture - Judges 8:17
And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the
Penuel Scripture - Judges 8:8
And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise:
and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had
Penuel Scripture - Judges 8:9
And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come
again in peace, I will break down this tower.
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