Bible Cities: Ariel
Ariel (Lion of God) was a word used to symbolize Jerusalem
Ariel in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the lion of God. (1.) One of the chief men sent by Ezra to
procure Levites for the sanctuary (Ezra 8:16).
(2.) A symbolic name for Jerusalem (Isa. 29:1, 2, 7)
"victorious under God," and in Ezek. 43:15, 16, for
(marg., Heb. 'ariel) of burnt offerings, the secret of
Ariel in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("lion of God".)
1. A brave "chief," who directed under Ezra (Ezra
8:16) the caravan from Babylon to Jerusalem. ARELI is akin
(Numbers 26:17). In 2 Samuel 23:20 Winer translates for "two
like-like men" two (sons) of Ariel; but Gesenius supports
2. A symbolic name for Jerusalem (Isaiah 29:1-2),
the lion of God, rendered by God invincible. For "the lion
of the tribe of Judah" is on her side (Revelation 5:5). "It
shall be unto Me as Ariel"; it shall emerge from its dangers
invincible, Sennacherib's invasion shall recoil on himself.
In Ezekiel 43:15 "the altar"; the secret of Israel's lion-
like strength, her having God at peace with her through the
atoning sacrifice there. Menochius guesses that the lieu
(aril) was carved on it; but as the word in Hebrew of
Ezekiel 43:15 (arieil) is somewhat different from that in
Isaiah, perhaps in Ezekiel it menus, from an Arabic root,
"the hearth of God." Ganneau has deciphered on the Moabite
stone that the Ariel of David is mentioned as taken by
Mesha, the Moabite king, at Ataroth, and dragged before the
face of Chemosh at Kerioth. The Ariel here must mean a lion
carved altar of God.
Ariel in Hitchcock's Bible Names
altar; light or lion of God
Ariel in Naves Topical Bible
1. A messenger from Ezra to Iddo
-2. A symbolical name for Jerusalem
Ariel in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(lion of God).
1. One of the "chief men" who under Ezra directed the
caravan which he led back from Babylon to Jerusalem. Ezr 8:16
(B.C. 459.) The word occurs also in reference to two Moabites
slain by Benaiah. 2Sa 23:20; 1Ch 11:22 Many regard the word as
an epithet, "lion-like;" but it seems better to look upon it
as a proper name, and translate "two [sons] of Ariel."
2. A designation given by Isaiah to the city of
Jerusalem. Isa 29:1,2,7 We must understand by it either "lion
of God," as the chief city, or "hearth of God," a synonym for
the altar of burnt offering. On the whole it seems most
probable that, as a name given to Jerusalem, Ariel means "lion
of God," whilst the word used by Ezekiel, Eze 43:15,16 means
"hearth of God."
Ariel in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a'-ri-el ('ariy'el or 'ari'el, "lioness of God"): But the word
occurs in Ezek 43:15,16, and is there translated in the
Revised Version (British and American) "ALTAR HEARTH."
(1) According to the Revised Version (British and American) a
man of Moab whose two sons were slain by David's warrior
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada (2 Sam 23:20; 1 Ch 11:22). Here
the King James Version translates "two lionlike men of Moab."
(2) A name applied to Jerusalem (Isa 29:1,2,7). The many
explanations of the name are interesting, but mainly
(3) One of the members of the delegation sent by Ezra to the
place Casiphia, to secure temple ministers for his expedition
to Jerusalem (Ezr 8:16).
Ariel Scripture - Ezra 8:16
Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for
Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and
for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib,
and for Elnathan, men of understanding.
Ariel Scripture - Isaiah 29:1
Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city [where] David dwelt! add ye
year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
Ariel Scripture - Isaiah 29:2
Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and
sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
Ariel Scripture - Isaiah 29:7
And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
even all that fight against her and her munition, and that
distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
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