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Bible Cities: Penuel
Ancient Penuel

Map of Ancient 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 called "Peniel." Here Jacob wrestled (Gen. 32:24-32) "with a man" ("the angel", Hos. 12:4. Jacob says of him, "I have seen God face to face") "till the break of day." A town was afterwards built there (Judg. 8:8; 1 Kings 12:25). The men of this place refused to succour Gideon and his little army when they were in pursuit of the Midianites (Judg. 8:1-21). On his return, Gideon slew the men of this city and razed its 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 1Ch 4:4 -3. A Benjamite 1Ch 8:25

Penuel in Smiths Bible Dictionary [PENIEL]

Penuel in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE pe-nu'-el, pen'-u-el.

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 city.

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 answered [him].

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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