Kedar (Kee´duhr; Heb., “dark”)

A confederation of Arab tribes based in the north Arabian desert. In (Gen 25:13 and 1Chr 1:29) Kedar is one of the twelve sons of Ishmael. In the Bible the military might of the Kedarites is indicated by reference to their archers and warriors (Isa 21:16-17). Thus, although they dwelt in the eastern desert in dark tents (Isa 42:11; Jer 2:10; Jer 49:28; Ps 120:5; Song 1:5) and were herders (Isa 60:7; Jer 49:29), their “princes” traded with Tyre, which lay on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea far to the north and east (Ezek 27:21).

Gen 25:13

13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,

1Chr 1:29

29These are their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,

Isa 21:16-17

16For thus the Lord said to me: Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end;17and the remaining bows of ... View more

Isa 42:11

11Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice,
the villages that Kedar inhabits;
let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
let them shout from the tops of ... View more

Jer 2:10

10Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,
send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has ever been such a thing.

Jer 49:28

Judgment on Kedar and Hazor
28Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon defeated.

Thus says the Lord:
Rise up, advance aga ... View more

Ps 120:5

5Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech,
that I must live among the tents of Kedar.

Song 1:5

5I am black and beautiful,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.

Isa 60:7

7All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you,
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall be acceptable on my altar,
and I will glorify my glori ... View more

Jer 49:29

29Take their tents and their flocks,
their curtains and all their goods;
carry off their camels for yourselves,
and a cry shall go up: “Terror is all around!”

Ezek 27:21

21Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your favored dealers in lambs, rams, and goats; in these they did business with you.

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