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October 20    Scripture

Bible Cities: Valley of Salt
The Valley of Salt in the Bible

Map of the Ancient Valley of Salt


Valley of Salt in Easton's Bible Dictionary a place where it is said David smote the Syrians (2 Sam. 8:13). This valley (the' Arabah) is between Judah and Edom on the south of the Dead Sea. Hence some interpreters would insert the words, "and he smote Edom," after the words, "Syrians" in the above text. It is conjectured that while David was leading his army against the Ammonites and Syrians, the Edomites invaded the south of Judah, and that David sent Joab or Abishai against them, who drove them back and finally subdued Edom. (Comp. title to Ps. 60.) Here also Amaziah "slew of Edom ten thousand men" (2 Kings 14:7; comp. 8: 20-22 and 2 Chr. 25:5-11).
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Valley of Salt in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Gee', more accurately "ravine," Melach. The battle field between Judah and Edom where David and Amaziah conquered Abishai. (See JOAB; DAVID; AMAZIAH; ABISHAI.) (2 Samuel 8:13; 1 Chronicles 18:12; Psalm 60 title; 1 Kings 11:15-16; 2 Kings 14:7; 2 Chronicles 25:11). (See EDOM Near the salt mountain (Usdum), the upper part of the Arabah or plain S. of the Salt Sea; the boundary between Judah and Edom. Grove objects to this identification with the plain intervening between the Dead Sea and the heights which cross the valley seven miles to the S. For (1) ge is not elsewhere applied to a broad valley or sunk plain like the lower Ghor; 'eemeq or biquaah would be the name. (2) 'Arabah was the Hebrew name. (3) "Salt" is not necessarily the right translation of Melach. (4) Amaziah brought 10,000 prisoners to Sela (Petra), Edom's stronghold, and cast them down; he would scarcely bring so many prisoners from near the Dead Sea, 50 miles through a hostile and difficult country; more likely the valley of Salt was nearer Petra.
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Valley of Salt in Naves Topical Bible Lot's wife turned into a pillar of Ge 19:26 -The city of Salt Jos 15:62 -The valley of salt 2Sa 8:13; 2Ki 14:7 -Salt Sea Ge 14:3; Nu 34:12; De 3:17; Jos 3:16; 12:3; 15:2 -Salt pits Zep 2:9 -All animal sacrifices were required to be seasoned with Le 2:13; Ezr 6:9; Eze 43:24; Mr 9:49 -Used in ratifying covenants Nu 18:19; 2Ch 13:5 -Elisha throws, into the pool of Jericho, to purify it 2Ki 2:20,21 -FIGURATIVE Of the saving efficacy of the ekklesia of Christ Mt 5:13; Mr 9:49,50; Lu 14:34 Of wise behavior Col 4:6
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Valley of Salt in Smiths Bible Dictionary a valley in which occurred two memorable victories of the Israelite arms: 1. That of David over the Edomites. 2Sa 8:13; 1Ch 18:12 2. That of Amaziah. 2Ki 14:7; 2Ch 25:11 It is perhaps the broad open plain which lies at the lower end of the Dead Sea, and intervenes between the lake itself and the range of heights which crosses the valley at six or eight miles to the south. This same view is taken by Dr. Robinson. Others suggest that it is nearer to Petra. What little can be inferred from the narrative as to its situation favors the latter theory.
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Valley of Salt in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (ge' ha-melach): The scene of battles, firstly, between David or his lieutenant Abishai and the Edomites (2 Sam 8:13; 1 Ch 18:12; Ps 60, title), and later between Amaziah and these same foes (2 Ki 14:7; 2 Ch 25:11). It is tempting to connect this "Valley of Salt" with es Sebkhah, the marshy, salt-impregnated plain which extends from the southern end of the Dead Sea to the foot of the cliffs, but in its present condition it is an almost impossible place for a battle of any sort. The ground is so soft and spongy that a wide detour around the edges has to be made by those wishing to get from one side to the other. It is, too, highly probable that in earlier times the whole of this low-lying area was covered by the waters of the Dead Sea. It is far more natural to identify ge' ha-melach with the Wady el-Milch ("Valley of Salt"), one of the three valleys which unite at Beersheba to form the Wady ec-Ceba`. These valleys, el-Milch and ec-Ceba, together make a natural frontier to Canaan.
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Valley of Salt Scripture - 2 Kings 14:7 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.
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Valley of Salt Scripture - 2 Samuel 8:13 And David gat [him] a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, [being] eighteen thousand [men].
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