Mahanaim (May´huh-nay´im; Heb., “the camp”)

A city in Gilead, in the tribal territory of Gad near its border with Manasseh (Josh 13:26; Josh 13:30). It was also a levitical city assigned to the family of Merari (Josh 21:38; 1Chr 6:80) and the capital of a Solomonic district (1Kgs 4:14). Mahanaim was the city in which Ishbosheth and his supporters were based when David became king of Judah after Saul’s death (2Sam 2:8; 2Sam 2:12; 2Sam 2:29). Ironically, David himself fled there during Absalom’s revolt (2Sam 17:24; 2Sam 17:27; 2Sam 19:33; 1Kgs 2:18). Mahanaim is also mentioned in (Gen 32:2) as the place where Jacob stayed before his encounter with Esau.

Josh 13:26

26and from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir,

Josh 13:30

30Their territory extended from Mahanaim, through all Bashan, the whole kingdom of King Og of Bashan, and all the settlements of Jair, which are in Bashan, sixt ... View more

Josh 21:38

38Out of the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the slayer, Mahanaim with its pasture lands,

1Chr 6:80

80and out of the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, Mahanaim with its pasture lands,

1Kgs 4:14

14Ahinadab son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;

2Sam 2:8

Ishbaal King of Israel
8But Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ishbaal son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim.

2Sam 2:12

The Battle of Gibeon
12Abner son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbaal son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

2Sam 2:29

29Abner and his men traveled all that night through the Arabah; they crossed the Jordan, and, marching the whole forenoon, they came to Mahanaim.

2Sam 17:24

24Then David came to Mahanaim, while Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.

2Sam 17:27

27When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogeli ... View more

2Sam 19:33

33The king said to Barzillai, “Come over with me, and I will provide for you in Jerusalem at my side.”

1Kgs 2:18

18Bathsheba said, “Very well; I will speak to the king on your behalf.”

Gen 32:2

2and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God's camp!” So he called that place Mahanaim.

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