millo (Mil´loh; Heb., “earthen fill”)

A type of construction in which a building, a section of a city, or an entire site was elevated on an artificial platform of earth held in place by one or more walls. The earthen platform is the millo and the structure built on the platform is the “house of the millo” (Judg 9:6; Judg 9:20). After his capture of Jerusalem David rebuilt the interior of the city “from the Millo inward” (2Sam 5:9). The Jerusalem millo and the walls associated with it required frequent maintenance. Repairs by Solomon (1Kgs 9:15, 1Kgs 9:24, 1Kgs 11:27) and by Hezekiah (2Chr 32:5) are recorded. King Joash was assassinated in one of the structures built on the Jerusalem millo (2Kgs 12:20).

Judg 9:6

6Then all the lords of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.

Judg 9:20

20but if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the lords of Shechem, and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the lords of Shechem, and from Beth- ... View more

2Sam 5:9

9David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward.

1Kgs 9:15

Other Acts of Solomon
15This is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon conscripted to build the house of the Lord and his own house, the Millo and th ... View more

1Kgs 9:24

24But Pharaoh's daughter went up from the city of David to her own house that Solomon had built for her; then he built the Millo.

1Kgs 11:27

27The following was the reason he rebelled against the king. Solomon built the Millo, and closed up the gap in the wall of the city of his father David.

2Chr 32:5

5Hezekiah set to work resolutely and built up the entire wall that was broken down, and raised towers on it, and outside it he built another wall; he also stren ... View more

2Kgs 12:20

20His servants arose, devised a conspiracy, and killed Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla.

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