Jabesh, Jabesh-gilead

Jabesh, Jabesh-gilead (Jay´bish, jay´-bish-gil´ee-uhd; Heb., “dried”)

1 The father of King Shallum of Israel (2Kgs 15:10; 2Kgs 13-14:10). The name may, however, represent a place rather than a person, meaning that Shallum’s family lived at Jabesh. 2 A town east of the Jordan River, frequently called Jabesh-gilead. The city first appears in Israelite history in the story of how all the men and married women were killed because no one from the town had come to the assembly at Mizpah (Judg 21:8-15). Later, when Nahash the Ammonite threatened to gouge out the right eye of every man in Jabesh-gilead, Saul came to their rescue (1Sam 11). The people of Jabesh-gilead remained profoundly grateful and, some years later, recovered the bodies of Saul and his sons, which had been triumphantly hung on the walls of Beth-shan by the Philistines.

2Kgs 15:10

10Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against him, and struck him down in public and killed him, and reigned in place of him.

2Kgs 13-14:10

Jehoahaz Reigns over Israel
1In the twenty-third year of King Joash son of Ahaziah of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria; he reig ... View more

Judg 21:8-15

8Then they said, “Is there anyone from the tribes of Israel who did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah?” It turned out that no one from Jabesh-gilead had come to ... View more

1Sam 11

Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1About a month later, Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a treat ... View more

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