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E´zion-Ge´ber, a very ancient city lying not far from Elath, on the eastern arm of the Red Sea. It is first mentioned in , as one of the stations where the Hebrews halted in their journeyings through the desert (). From its harbor it was that Solomon () sent the fleet which he had there built to the land of Ophir, whence they fetched four hundred and twenty talents of gold. Here, also, Jehoshaphat (; ) built a fleet 'to go to Ophir,' but because he had joined himself with Ahaziah, 'king of Israel, who did wickedly,' 'the ships were broken that they were not able to go to Tarshish.' Eziongeber is probably the same with the once populous city Assyan. Robinson says, no trace of Eziongeber seems now to remain, unless it be in the name of a small wady with brackish water, el-Ghudyan, opening into el-Arabah from the western mountain, some distance north of Aqabah.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Ezion-Geber'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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