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Ziph

Ziph [N] [H] [S]

flowing.

  • A son of Jehaleleel ( 1 Chronicles 4:16 ).

  • A city in the south of Judah ( Joshua 15:24 ), probably at the pass of Sufah.

  • A city in the mountains of Judah ( Joshua 15:55 ), identified with the uninhabited ruins of Tell ez-Zif, about 5 miles south-east of Hebron. Here David hid himself during his wanderings ( 1 Samuel 23:19 ; Psalms 54 , title).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Ziph". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Ziph [N] [E] [S]

    this mouth or mouthful; falsehood
    Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
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    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Ziph'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Ziph [N] [E] [H]

    (battlement ), the name of two towns in Judah.

    1. In the south, named between Ithnan and Telem. ( Joshua 15:24 ) It does not appear again in the history, nor has any trace of has been met with.
    2. In the highland district, named between Carmel and Juttah. ( Joshua 15:55 ) The place is immortalized by its connection with David. ( 1 Samuel 23:14 1 Samuel 23:15 1 Samuel 23:24 ; 26:2 ) These passages show that at that time it had near it a wilderness (i,e, a waste pasture-ground) and a wood. The latter has disappeared but the former remains. The name of Zif if, found about three miles south of Hebron, attached to a rounded hill of some 100 feet in height, which is called Tell Zif .
    3. Son of Jehaleleel. ( 1 Chronicles 4:16 )

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    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
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    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Ziph'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

    ZIPH (1)

    zif (ziph; Ozeib, or Ziph):

    (1) A town in the hill country of Judah, mentioned along with Maon, Carmel and Jutah (Joshua 15:55). It is chiefly celebrated in connection with the earlier history of David:

    "David .... remained in the hill-country in the wilderness of Ziph" (1 Samuel 23:14,15,24; 26:2); the Ziphites (1 Samuel 23:19; 26:1; compare Ps 54 title) sought to betray him to Saul, but David escaped. Ziph was fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:8). The name also occurs in 1 Chronicles 2:42; 4:16. In connection with this last (compare 4:23) it is noticeable that Ziph is one of the four names occurring on the Hebrew stamped jar handles with the added la-melekh, "to the king."

    The site is Tell Zif, 4 miles Southeast of Hebron, conspicuous hill 2,882 ft. above sea-level; there are cisterns and, to the East, some ruins (PEF, III, 312, 315).

    (2) A town in the Negeb of Judah (Joshua 15:24), site unknown.

    E. W. G. Masterman


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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ZIPH (1)'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.  

    ZIPH (2)

    (ziph, meaning unknown):

    (1) A grandson of Caleb (1 Chronicles 2:42); the Septuagint has Zeiph.

    (2) A son of Jehallelel (1 Chronicles 4:16). In the Septuagint's Codex Alexandrinus reads Ziphai, but Codex Vaticanus has the totally different form Ameachei.


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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ZIPH (2)'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.