Kir (Kihr)

1 The place to which Assyria’s king Tiglath-pileser (ca. 745–727 BCE) took his Damascus captives (2Kgs 16:9). It was remembered by Amos (Amos 9:7) as the ancestral home of the Syrians, to which they were condemned to return (Amos 1:5). It may also have been the source of allies in the action Isaiah anticipated against Judah (Isa 22:6). The precise location is unknown. 2 The Moabite city Kir-hareseth, a Moabite capital (Isa 15:1), identified with modern el-Kerak.

2Kgs 16:9

9The king of Assyria listened to him; the king of Assyria marched up against Damascus, and took it, carrying its people captive to Kir; then he killed Rezin.

Amos 9:7

7Are you not like the Ethiopians to me,
O people of Israel? says the Lord.
Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt,
and the Philistines from Caphtor an ... View more

Amos 1:5

5I will break the gate bars of Damascus,
and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,
and the one who holds the scepter from Beth-eden;
and the people o ... View more

Isa 22:6

6Elam bore the quiver
with chariots and cavalry,
and Kir uncovered the shield.

Isa 15:1

An Oracle concerning Moab
1An oracle concerning Moab.

Because Ar is laid waste in a night,
Moab is undone;
because Kir is laid waste in a night,
Moab is undone ... View more

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