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Smith's Bible Dictionary

a'Riel

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(lion of God ).
  1. One of the "chief men" who under Ezra directed the caravan which he led back from Babylon to Jerusalem. (Ezra 8:16 ) (B.C. 459.) The word occurs also in reference to two Moabites slain by Benaiah. (2 Samuel 23:20 ; 1 Chronicles 11:22 ) Many regard the word as an epithet, "lion-like;" but it seems better to look upon it as a proper name, and translate "two [sons] of Ariel."
  2. A designation given by Isaiah to the city of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 29:1,2,7 ) We must understand by it either "lion of God," as the chief city, or "hearth of God," a synonym for the altar of burnt offering. On the whole it seems most probable that, as a name given to Jerusalem, Ariel means "lion of God," whilst the word used by Ezekiel, (Ezekiel 43:15,16 ) means "hearth of God."

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'a'Riel'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/a/ariel.html. 1901.

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