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Jezreel

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1. Descendant of 'the father of Etam.' 1 Chronicles 4:3 . (Six Hebrew MSS, the LXX, and the Vulgate read 'sons' instead of 'father.')

2,3. Symbolical name both of the son of Hosea and of Israel. Hosea 1:4,11 . Jezreel is interpreted both 'God scatters' and 'God sows.' Hosea 1:4 refers to judgement upon the house of Jehu and the house of Israel; and Hosea 1:11 to blessing, when of both Israel and Judah it will be said, "Ye are the sons of the living God." Then "great shall be the day of Jezreel:" cf. Hosea 2:22,23; "I will sow her unto me in the earth." Then God will say to her, "Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God."

4. City of Judah, from whence David married Ahinoam. Joshua 15:56; 1 Samuel 25:43;

1 Samuel 29:1,11 .

5. City in Issachar, the abode of Ahab and Jezebel, and principally connected with their history. It was the scene of Jezebel's tragical end. Joshua 19:18; 2 Samuel 2:9; 2 Samuel 4:4; 1 Kings 18:45,46; 1 Kings 21:1,23; 2 Kings 8:29; 2 Kings 9:10-37; 2 Kings 10:1-11 . Identified with Zerin, 32 34' N, 35 19' E .

6. The extensive valley or plain in which the last-named city was situated, in southern Galilee. It has been called the battle-field of Palestine. It was where Barak triumphed, and where Josiah was defeated, Judges 5:19; 2 Chronicles 35:22 — Megiddo being in the same locality. It is also perhaps the place where the great battle of Armageddon will be fought. Revelation 16:16 . It is a very fertile plain, and is now well cultivated (cf. Hosea 2:22 ); Joshua 17:16; Judges 6:33; Hosea 1:5 . The name ESDRAELONis given to this valley in the Apocryphal Book of Judith 3:9 , etc. Now called Merj Ibn Amir.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Jezreel'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/j/jezreel.html. 1897.

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