Jezreel (Jez´ree-uhl; Heb., “God sows”)

1 A town on the southern border of Issachar, commanding the Valley of Jezreel. Here the Israelites encamped before battling the Philistines (1Sam 29), and this was one of the towns over which Ishbosheth, son of Saul, briefly reigned (2Sam 2:9). Ahab had a royal residence here (1Kgs 18:45; 1Kgs 18:46), and Naboth’s vineyard, which Jezebel plotted to obtain, was beside the palace (1Kgs 21). At Jezreel, Jezebel met her bloody death (2Kgs 9:30-37), as did the remainder of the house of Ahab (2Kgs 10:1-11). 2 The Valley of Jezreel, the eastern section of the broad valley separating Galilee from Samaria. The Canaanites controlled the valley with chariots of iron when the Israelites entered the land (Josh 17:16), and here Gideon met the Midianites and Amalekites in battle (Judg 6:33-7:23). According to Hosea (Hos 1:5) it was in this valley that the battle bringing an end to the kingdom of Israel would take place. 3 A town of Judah, location unknown, but probably southwest of Hebron in the vicinity of Ziph and Juttah (Josh 15:56). A wife of David, Ahinoam, was from there. 4 The son of Etam, a descendant of Judah (1Chr 4:3). 5 The first son of Hosea (Hos 1:4), named symbolically for the acts that were to befall Israel because of the blood shed by Jehu at Jezreel.

1Sam 29

The Philistines Reject David
1Now the Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, while the Israelites were encamped by the fountain that is in Jezreel.2As ... View more

2Sam 2:9

9He made him king over Gilead, the Ashurites, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and over all Israel.

1Kgs 18:45

45In a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind; there was a heavy rain. Ahab rode off and went to Jezreel.

1Kgs 18:46

46But the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; he girded up his loins and ran in front of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

1Kgs 21

Naboth's Vineyard
1Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria.2And Ahab s ... View more

2Kgs 9:30-37

Jezebel's Violent Death
30When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; she painted her eyes, and adorned her head, and looked out of the window.31As Jehu ent ... View more

2Kgs 10:1-11

Massacre of Ahab's Descendants
1Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, a ... View more

Josh 17:16

16The tribe of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us; yet all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-shean ... View more

Judg 6:33-7:23

33Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the east came together, and crossing the Jordan they encamped in the Valley of Jezreel.34But the ... View more

Hos 1:5

5On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

Josh 15:56

56Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,

1Chr 4:3

3These were the sons of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi,

Hos 1:4

4And the Lord said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingd ... View more

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