waters of quiet, an ancient Moabite town ( Numbers 21:30 ). It was assigned to the tribe of Reuben ( Joshua 13:16 ). Here was fought the great battle in which Joab defeated the Ammonites and their allies ( 1 Chronicles 19:7-15 ; Compare 2 Samuel 10:6-14 ). In the time of ( Isaiah 15:2 ) the Moabites regained possession of it from the Ammonites. (See HANUN .)
The ruins of this important city, now Madeba or Madiyabah, are seen about 8 miles south-west of Heshbon, and 14 east of the Dead Sea. Among these are the ruins of what must have been a large temple, and of three cisterns of considerable extent, which are now dry. These cisterns may have originated the name Medeba, "waters of quiet." (See OMRI .)
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Medeba". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".