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A city on the E. border of Benjamin (Joshua 18:21). A valley (creek, or head of a valley expanding into a plain, triangular, W. of the Jordan, between the base of the hills and the Dead Sea) is named from it; from kaatsats "to cut"; from the timber cut down in the large groves that anciently grew near Jericho and the Jordan and in the plain. This cutting of the forest before his eyes would naturally suggest John Baptist's image, "now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees" (Matthew 3:10). DeSaulcy found such head of a valley still called Kaaziz.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Keziz'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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