Keilah (Kee-i´luh)

A town of Judah (Josh 15:44; 1Chr 4:19) identified as modern Khirbet Qila, located eight and a half miles northwest of Hebron. It was repaired by postexilic Levites (Neh 3:17-18), but it is more prominent as a town rescued by David from Philistine assault during threshing season (1Sam 23:1-5) and used by David as a haven from Saul until fear of betrayal by the local people moved him to seek safety in the hills (1Sam 23:6-14).

Josh 15:44

44Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine towns with their villages.

1Chr 4:19

19The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

Neh 3:17-18

17After him the Levites made repairs: Rehum son of Bani; next to him Hashabiah, ruler of half the district of Keilah, made repairs for his district.18After him ... View more

1Sam 23:1-5

David Saves the City of Keilah
1Now they told David, “The Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and are robbing the threshing floors.”2David inquired of the ... View more

1Sam 23:6-14

6When Abiathar son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, he came down with an ephod in his hand.7Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul sa ... View more

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