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("the hill".) A town of Benjamin, on its northern boundary, from whence "from Geba to Beersheba" expresses all Judah from N. to S. as "from Dan to Beersheba" expresses all Israel and Judah from N. to S. (2 Kings 23:8.) Close to Ramah (Nehemiah 7:30). As an eastern limit it stands opposed to Gazer (2 Samuel 5:25); Gibeon in 1 Chronicles 14:16. Geba was garrisoned by the Philistines at, the beginning of Saul's reign (1 Samuel 13:3). Jonathan dislodged them in a gallant assault with his armor-bearer alone (1 Samuel 14). Geba was on the S. and Michmash on the N. of the ravine.

Now the village Jeba, crowning the steep hill on the edge of the wady Suweinit, facing Mukmas on the N. side. So in Isaiah 10:28-32, "he (Sennacherib) hath laid up his carriages at Michmash," i.e., the "carriages" (i.e. heavy baggage) could not be got across the wady at Michmash. Then "they are gone over the passage," i.e., the lighter part of the army pass the ravine which might have been easily guarded against them, and" lodge" malown , "rest for the night," bivouac) at Geba on the S. side. Asa fortified it, as commanding the pass (1 Kings 15:22; 2 Chronicles 16:6). KJV has rendered "Geba" into "Gibeah" rightly Judges 20:10; Judges 20:33; 1 Samuel 13:16.

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

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