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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Adoni-Be zek, אֲדנַיאּבֶזֶק, lord of Bezek; Sept. Ἀδωνιβέζεκ ), a chieftain of Bezek (q.v.), who had subdued seventy of the petty kings around him, and, after barbarously cutting off their thumbs and great toes, had compelled them, to gather their food under his table (Judges 1:5-7). Elated with this success, he ventured, at the head of the confederate Ganaanites and Perizzites, to attack the army of the tribes of Judah and Simeon, after the death of Joshua; but was himself defeated, captured, and served in the same manner as he had treated his own captives a fate which his conscience compelled him to acknowledge as a righteous retribution for his inhumanity. He died of these wounds at Jerusalem, whither he was taken, B.C. cir. 1590. (See Kitto s Daily Bible Illust. in loc.; and comp. AElian, Var. Hist. 2, 9)

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Adoni-Bezek'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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