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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

Salem

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There are various places called by this name. The first we meet with in Scripture is where Melchizedek is said to be king of Salem. (Genesis 14:18) Jerusalem and Salem in Scripture are one. In Salem, saith the Psalmist, speaking of JEHOVAH, is his tabernacle, and his dwelling in Zion. (Psalms 76:2) There was a Shalem also in the country of the Shechemites, were Jacob in his travels came. (Genesis 33:18) And it is more than probable that the Salim where John baptised was a distinct place known by this name. The name itself is Shalam, peace. Hence when Gideon was visited by the angel under the oak at Ophrah, at the close of the interview he built an altar unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah Shalom—that is, as the margin of the Bible renders it, the Lord send peace. (Judges 6:24)

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Salem'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/pmd/s/salem.html. London. 1828.

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