Lachish (Lay´kish)

A prominent Canaanite and Israelite city located about twenty-five miles southwest of Jerusalem and fifteen miles west of Hebron. The OT contains many references to Lachish. When Japhia, king of Lachish, joined an anti-Gibeonite coalition to resist the Israelite invasion, Joshua put him to death and captured Lachish (Josh 10:1-32). King Amaziah of Judah (ca. 800–783 BCE) was killed at Lachish, where he had taken refuge from a palace revolt in Jerusalem (2Kgs 14:17-20). Sennacherib’s devastation of Lachish is also documented in the Bible (2Kgs 18:13).

Josh 10:1-32

The Sun Stands Still
1When King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to ... View more

2Kgs 14:17-20

17King Amaziah son of Joash of Judah lived fifteen years after the death of King Jehoash son of Jehoahaz of Israel.18Now the rest of the deeds of Amaziah, are t ... View more

2Kgs 18:13

Sennacherib Invades Judah
13In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured ... View more

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