Ekron (Ek´ruhn; Heb., meaning uncertain, possibly “barren place” or “fertile place”)

The northernmost city of the Philistine Pentapolis. Now identified as Khirbet el Muqanna’ (Tel Miqne), it lies about twenty-two miles west of Jerusalem. It was assigned to the territory of Judah (Josh 15:11) or to Dan (Josh 19:43), but was reported to be in Philistine hands when the Ark was taken there (1Sam 5:10). The town received defeated forces of the Philistines (1Sam 17:52) as David’s gains brought compression of Philistine territory. In prophetic traditions Elijah was called to challenge the authority of Ekron’s god, Baal-zebub, to indicate Israelite king Amaziah’s fate (2Kgs 1:2-16). (Amos 1:8), (Jer 25:20), (Zeph 2:4), and (Zech 9:5, Zech 9:7) denounced Ekron as a symbol of evil power to be destroyed.

Josh 15:11

11the boundary goes out to the slope of the hill north of Ekron, then the boundary bends around to Shikkeron, and passes along to Mount Baalah, and goes out to ... View more

Josh 19:43

43Elon, Timnah, Ekron,

1Sam 5:10

10So they sent the ark of the God of Israel to Ekron. But when the ark of God came to Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “Why have they brought around to us ... View more

1Sam 17:52

52The troops of Israel and Judah rose up with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on ... View more

2Kgs 1:2-16

2Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay injured; so he sent messengers, telling them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the g ... View more

Amos 1:8

8I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,
and the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
I will turn my hand against Ekron,
and the remnant of the Philisti ... View more

Jer 25:20

20all the mixed people; all the kings of the land of Uz; all the kings of the land of the Philistines—Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod;

Zeph 2:4

4For Gaza shall be deserted,
and Ashkelon shall become a desolation;
Ashdod's people shall be driven out at noon,
and Ekron shall be uprooted.

Zech 9:5

5Ashkelon shall see it and be afraid;
Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
Ekron also, because its hopes are withered.
The king shall perish from Gaza;
Ashkel ... View more

Zech 9:7

7I will take away its blood from its mouth,
and its abominations from between its teeth;
it too shall be a remnant for our God;
it shall be like a clan in Judah ... View more

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