Ezion-geber (Ee´zee-uhn-gay´buhr)

A town in Edom on the Gulf of Aqabah. It is listed in (Num 33:35-36) as a stopping place during the exodus. Solomon “built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber” and sent them on profitable journeys to southern Arabia and East Africa (1Kgs 9:26-28; 1Kgs 10:11; 2Chr 8:17; 2Chr 9:10-11). After Solomon’s death (ca. 976 BCE) the region reverted to Edomite control. It was reconquered by Jehoshaphat of Judah, who also built a fleet of ships, which were, however, “wrecked at Ezion-geber” (1Kgs 22:48; 2Chr 20:36). See also Eloth.

Num 33:35-36

35They set out from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.36They set out from Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin (that is, Kadesh).

1Kgs 9:26-28

Solomon's Commercial Activity
26King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.27Hiram ... View more

1Kgs 10:11

11Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which carried gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a great quantity of almug wood and precious stones.

2Chr 8:17

17Then Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Eloth on the shore of the sea, in the land of Edom.

2Chr 9:10-11

10Moreover the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir brought algum wood and precious stones.11From the algum wood, the king ... View more

1Kgs 22:48

48Jehoshaphat made ships of the Tarshish type to go to Ophir for gold; but they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.

2Chr 20:36

36He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish; they built the ships in Ezion-geber.

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