Definitions of ekron

  1. barrenness; torn away
  2. firm-rooted, the most northerly of the five towns belonging to the lords of the Philistines, about 11 miles north of Gath. It was assigned to Judah ( Joshua 13:3 ), and afterwards to ( Daniel 19:43 ), but came again into the full possession of the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 5:10 ). It was the last place to which the Philistines carried the ark before they sent it back to Israel ( 1 Samuel 5:10 ; 6:1-8 ). There was here a noted sanctuary of Baal-zebub ( 2 Kings 1: : 23616 , 3,6,16). Now the small village Akir. It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 702, when Sennacherib set free its king, imprisoned by Hezekiah in Jerusalem, according to the Assyrian record.
  3. ( 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. ( Joshua 13:3 ) Like the other Philistine cities its situation was in the lowlands. It fell to the lot of Judah. ( Joshua 15:45 Joshua 15:46 ; Judges 1:18 ) Afterwards we find it mentioned among the cities of Dan. ( Joshua 19:43 ) Before the monarchy it was again in full possession of the Philistines. ( 1 Samuel 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.
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