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Abel-Shittim, or Shittim (â'bel-shĭt-tim), meadow of the acacias. Numbers 33:49; Numbers 25:1. A town six or seven miles distant from the east bank of the Jordan, opposite to Jericho. It was the last encampment of the Israelites on that side of the river. It was at this place that the Israelites fell into the grossest idolatry, for which they were visited with a desolating plague which destroyed 24,000 people. Numbers 25:1; Micah 6:5. The spies whom Joshua sent to Jericho went from Shittim. Joshua 2:1.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Abel-Shittim'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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