Sepharvaim

Sepharvaim (Sef´uhr-vay´im)

A city from which the Assyrian government drew settlers to place on Israelite territory after Israel’s fall to Assyria in 721 BCE (2Kgs 17:24; 2Kgs 17:31). Later references to the city of the same name (2Kgs 18:34; 2Kgs 19:33), whose kings and gods are impotent, may refer to the identical location, but that remains uncertain. (Isa 36:19 and Isa 37:13) contain the same name, but do not clarify the identification.

2Kgs 17:24

Assyria Resettles Samaria
24The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria in p ... View more

2Kgs 17:31

31the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

2Kgs 18:34

34Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?

2Kgs 19:33

33By the way that he came, by the same he shall return; he shall not come into this city, says the Lord.

Isa 36:19

19Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?

Isa 37:13

13Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?”

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