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Joshua 13:5

and the land of the Gebalite, and all of Lebanon, toward the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon as far as Lebo-hamath.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Baal-Gad;   Gebal;   Geshur;   Hamath;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Lebanon;   Theocracy, the, or Immediate Government by God;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Baal-Gad';   Gebal;   Giblites;   Hamath;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Caleb;   Hamath;   Lebanon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Joshua, Theology of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Baal-Gad;   Hamath;   Lebanon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Aphek;   Baal Gad;   Gebal;   Giblites;   Hamath;   Joshua, the Book of;   Lebanon;   Palestine;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Baal;   Conquest of Canaan;   Gebal;   Hamath;   Hermon, Mount;   Joshua, the Book of;   Lebo-Hamath;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Baal-Gad;   Gad;   Gebal;   Hamath;   Joshua;   Lebanon;   Priests and Levites;   Stone-Squarers;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Baalgad ;   Gebal ;   Lebanon ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hamath;   Lebanon;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ba'al,;   Leb'anon,;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Hamath;   Hermon;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Baal-Hermon;   Gad (3);   Gebalites;   Hamath;   Jeroboam;   Joshua, Book of;   Lebanon;   Palestine;   Tower of Lebanon;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Baal-gad;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Baal-Gad;   Gentile;   Hamath;   Hermon;   Lebanon;   Palestine;   Sun;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The land of the Giblites - This people dwelt beyond the precincts of the land of Canaan, on the east of Tyre and Sidon. See Ezekiel 27:9; Psalm 83:7; their capital was named Gebal. See Dodd.

All Lebanon - See on Joshua 11:17; (note).

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Giblites - The people of Gebal (“Jebail”, 22 miles north of Beyronut). They were “stone-squarers” 1 Kings 5:18 and (ship) “caulkers” Ezekiel 27:9.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/joshua-13.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the land of the Giblites,.... This was another country that remained unconquered; the Greeks call it Byblus, and near to which PlinyF5Ut supra. (Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 20.) speaks of a place called Gabale, and is now called Gibyle; it isF6Maundrel's Journey from Aleppo, &c. p. 33. said to be"pleasantly situated by the seaside, and at present it contains but a little extent of ground, but yet more than enough for the small number of its inhabitants:'it was in greater splendour, and its inhabitants of more fame, in the times of Ezekiel, Ezekiel 27:9,

and all Lebanon toward the sunrising; or east of the land; all that inhabited that mountain remained unconquered, though the conquest was carried as far as the borders thereof:

from Baalgad, under Mount Hermon; of which see Joshua 11:17;

unto the entering into Hamath: which was the north border of the land; see Numbers 34:8.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-13.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

all the land of the Giblites — Their capital was Gebal or Bylbos (Greek), on the Mediterranean, forty miles north of Sidon.

all Lebanon, toward the sunrising — that is, Anti-libanus; the eastern ridge, which has its proper termination in Hermon.

entering into Hamath — the valley of Baalbec.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-13.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 13:5 And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath.

Ver. 5. And the land of the Giblites.] Called Gebal in Psalms 83:7, Ezekiel 27:9. Enemies to the Church.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-13.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 5. And the land of the Giblites This people dwelt out of the land of Canaan; their capital, named Gebal, was seated to the east of Tyre and Sidon. Ezekiel 27:9. Psalms 83:7. The Giblites are named among the workmen sent by king Hiram to Solomon. See 1 Kings 5:18 and the margins of our Bibles. Some traces of the name Giblites are still to be met with in the city of Gibyle in Syria, which Maundrell describes, and thinks to have been the ancient Gebal. See his Journey from Aleppo, p. 33. The Israelites extended their conquers as far as Lebanon, toward the sun rising, penetrating no further. Respecting which, Baal-Gad, and Hamath, see ch. Joshua 11:17 and Numbers 34:8.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/joshua-13.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The Gibites; a people dwelling near Sidon in Gebal, of which see 1 Kings 5:18 Ezekiel 27:9.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-13.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

[5. Giblites — Inhabitants of Gebal, the Gyblos of the Greeks, the modern Jebail, situated on the seacoast at the foot of the northern slopes of Lebanon, and about seventeen miles north of Beyroot. A multitude of gray granite columns are built into the modern walls and houses, choke up the harbour, and lie scattered over the surrounding fields, and they attest the antiquity of the town. The Giblites were employed in building Solomon’s temple, (1 Kings 5:18, note,) and. according to Ezekiel 27:9, were skilled in shipbuilding.

Baal-gad — See on Joshua 11:17. Hamath was probably founded by the youngest son of Canaan, (Genesis 10:18,) and so was one of the oldest cities in the world. In Amos 6:2, it is called “the great.” Its king Toi made peace with David, (2 Samuel 8:9,) but Solomon seems to have subjugated the kingdom and made it a part of his own empire. 2 Chronicles 8:3. It early fall into the hands of the great Assyrian conquerors. 2 Kings 18:34. It still exists, in the beautiful valley of the Orontes, about sixty miles southeast of Antioch, and has a population of 30,000. It lies on both sides of the river, and is noted for the immense wheels, eighty feet in diameter, which are turned by the rapid current and used for irrigation. The entering into Hamath is a geographical term used to designate the northern border of Israel. Numbers 34:8; 1 Kings 8:65; 2 Kings 14:25. It was evidently some great pass connected with the Lebanon mountains, but which one has been a matter of dispute. Robinson and Porter identify it with the depression between the northern end of Lebanon and the Nusairiyeh mountains, which opens westward, towards the coast of the Mediterranean. But as the Israelites never occupied territory so far north as that, most sacred geographers identify this entering with the southern opening into the great valley of Coele-Syria. This is by far the most notable entrance into the ancient kingdom and land of Hamath.]

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the entering into = the pass of.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath.

The land of the Giblites. Their capital was Gebal or Byblos (Greek), on the Mediterranean, forty miles north of Sidon (1 Kin.,32, Hebrew text).

All Lebanon, toward the sun-rising - i:e., Antilibanus; the eastern ridge, which, running in a course nearly parallel to that of Lebanon, extends from Banias, and has its proper termination in Hermon.

From Baal-gad under mount Hermon. 'It would seem that Baal-gad and Baal-hermon were different names of the same place; that this place was in a valley under Hermon; and that it here served to mark the northernmost limit of Palestine to which the conquests of Joshua extended; just as at a later period, after the city of Dan had been built, that place is always put as the northern limit. The name Baal-gad (god of fortune) implies a place of pagan worship, being referred by Gesenius to Jupiter, by Movers to Venus; and the name of Baal-hermon was taken apparently from its connection with that mountain. All these considerations go to make it probable that Baal-gad was the romantic spot, the secluded grotto, at the fountain of Jordan where the Phoenicians or Syrians had established the worship of one of their Baals' (Robinson). Entering into Hamath - the valley of Baalbec. The tract of country described comprised all Lebanon, from the region of Dan and Banias to its northern extremity (Robinson's 'Later Biblical Researches,' pp. 409, 568).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath.
Giblites
Probably the inhabitants of the country, around Gebal, (Eze 27:9,) or Byblos, as the LXX. render, a city of Phoenicia, situated on the Mediterranean, between Sidon and Tripoli, on the north of the river Adonis. It is now called Gibyle, of Djebail, situated about a day's journey south of Tripoli. Its walls are about a mile in circumference, with square towers about every forty yards' distance. Anciently it must have been a place of no mean extent and of considerable beauty, from the ruins still visible.
1 Kings 5:18; *marg:; Psalms 83:7; Ezekiel 27:9
Lebanon
Deuteronomy 1:7; 3:25
Baal-gad
12:7
under mount
11:17
unto the
Numbers 34:8; Isaiah 10:9; Amos 6:2
Reciprocal: Joshua 9:1 - Lebanon;  Judges 3:3 - in mount;  1 Kings 8:65 - from the entering;  1 Chronicles 13:5 - Hemath;  Jeremiah 39:5 - Hamath;  Jeremiah 52:9 - Hamath;  Ezekiel 11:10 - in

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 13:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-13.html.