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KEILAH . A city of Judah in the Shephçlah, named with Nezib and Achzib ( Joshua 15:44 ). David delivered it from the marauding Philistines, and it became his residence for a time. Becoming aware of the treachery of its inhabitants, he left it ( 1 Samuel 23:1 ff.). It was reoccupied after the Exile ( Nehemiah 3:17 f., 1 Chronicles 4:19 ). It is commonly identified with Khirbet Kîlâ , about 7 miles E. of Beit Jibrîn . It lies very high, however, for a city in the Shephçlah, being over 1500 ft. above the level of the sea.

W. Ewing.

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

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