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EGLON . King of Moab, under whose leadership the Ammonites and Amalekites joined with the Moabites in fighting and defeating the Israelites. The latter ‘served,’ i.e. paid tribute to, Eglon for eighteen years. Towards the end of this period Ehud assassinated Eglon, and brought to an end the Moabite ascendency over Israel ( Judges 3:12 ff.).

W. O. E. Oesterley.

EGLON . A town near Lachish, mentioned only in connexion with the campaign of Joshua. Its king, Debir, joined the coalition against the Gibeonites ( Joshua 10:3 ), and after the reduction of Lachish Joshua captured and destroyed it ( Joshua 10:34 f.). The site is probably Tell Nejileh , near Tell el-Hesy (Lachish); the neighbouring Khurbeh ‘Ajlan better preserves the name, but the site is of no great antiquity.

R. A. S. Macalister.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Eglon'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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