Abdon
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Abdon

servant; cloud of judgment

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Abdon

(servile).

  1. A judge of Israel, (Judges 12:13,15) perhaps the same person as Bedan, in (1 Samuel 12:11) (B.C. 1233-1225).
  2. Son of Shashak. (1 Chronicles 8:23)
  3. First-born son of Jehiel, son of Gideon. (1 Chronicles 8:30; 9:35,36).
  4. Son of Micah, a contemporary of Josiah, (2 Chronicles 34:20) called Achbor in (2 Kings 22:12) (B.C. 628.)
  5. A city in the tribe if Asher, given to the Gershonites, (Joshua 21:30; 1 Chronicles 6:74) the modern Abdeh, 10 miles northeast of Accho.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Servile.

(1.) The son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, the tenth judge of Israel (Judges 12:13-15). He is probably the Bedan of 1 Samuel 12:11.

(2.) The first-born of Gibeon of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:30; 9:36).

(3.) The son of Micah, one of those whom Josiah sent to the prophetess Huldah to ascertain from her the meaning of the recently discovered book of the law (2 Chronicles 34:20). He is called Achbor in 2 Kings 22:12.

(4.) One of the "sons" of Shashak (1 Chronicles 8:23).

This is the name also of a Levitical town of the Gershonites, in the tribe of Asher (Joshua 21:30; 1 Chronicles 6:74). The ruins of Abdeh, some 8 miles north-east of Accho, probably Mark its site.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ABDON (1)

ab'-don (`abhdon, perhaps "service"; Abdon):

(1) A judge of Israel for eight years (Judges 12:13-15). The account says that he was the son of Hillel the Pirathonite, and that he was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim. No mention is made of great public services rendered by him, but it is said that he had seventy well-mounted sons and grandsons. So far as we can judge, he was placed in office as a wealthy elderly man, and performed the routine duties acceptably. Very likely his two next predecessors Ibzan and Elon were men of the same type. An effort has been made to identify Abdon with the Bedan mentioned in 1 Samuel 12:11, but the identification is precarious.

A certain importance attaches to Abdon from the fact that he is the last judge mentioned in the continuous account (Judges 2:6-13:1) in the Book of Judges. After the account of him follows the statement that Israel was delivered into the hands of the Philistines forty years, and with that statement the continuous account closes and the series of personal stories begins-the stories of Samson, of Micah and his Levite, of the Benjamite civil war, followed in our English Bibles by the stories of Ruth and of the childhood of Samuel. With the close of this last story (1 Samuel 4:18) the narrative of public affairs is resumed, at a point when Israel is making a desperate effort, at the close of the forty years of Eli, to throw off the Philistine yoke. A large part of one's views of the history of the period of the Judges will depend on the way in which he combines these events. My own view is that the forty years of Judges 13:1 and of 1 Samuel 4:18 are the same; that at the death of Abdon the Philistines asserted themselves as overlords of Israel; that it was a part of their policy to suppress nationality in Israel; that they abolished the office of judge, and changed the high-priesthood to another family, making Eli high priest; that Eli was sufficiently competent so that many of the functions of national judge drifted into his hands. It should be noted that the regaining of independence was signalized by the reestablishment of the office of judge, with Samuel as incumbent (1 Samuel 7:6 and context). This view takes into the account that the narrative concerning Samson is detachable, like the narratives that follow, Samson belonging to an earlier period. See SAMSON.

(2) The son of Jeiel and his wife Maacah (1 Chronicles 8:30; 1 Chronicles 9:36). Jeiel is described as the "father of Gibeon," perhaps the founder of the Israelirish community there. This Abdon is described as brother to Ner, the grandfather of King Saul.

(3) One of the messengers sent by King Josiah to Huldah the prophetess (2 Chronicles 34:20); called Achbor in 2 Kings 22:12.

(4) One of many men of Benjamin mentioned as dwelling in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 8:23), possibly in Nehemiah's time, though the date is not clear.

Willis J. Beecher

ABDON (2)

ab'-don (`abhdon, perhaps "service"): One of the four Levitical cities in the tribe of Asher (Joshua 21:30 1 Chronicles 6:74). Probably the same with Ebron (in the King James Version "Hebron") in Joshua 19:28, where some copies have the reading Abdon. Now called Abdeh, a few miles from the Mediterranean and about fifteen miles south of Tyre.

Strong's Hebrew
5658. Abdon -- four Israelites, also a Levitical city
... 5657, 5658. Abdon. 5659 . four Israelites, also a Levitical city. Transliteration:
Abdon Phonetic Spelling: (ab-dohn') Short Definition: Abdon. ...
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917. Bedan -- an Israelite name
... Bedan. 918 . an Israelite name. Transliteration: Bedan Phonetic Spelling:
(bed-awn') Short Definition: Bedan. Word Origin perhaps from Abdon Definition an ...
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Library

That ├ćneas came into Italy when Abdon the Judge Ruled Over the ...
... Book XVIII. Chapter 19."That ├ćneas Came into Italy When Abdon the Judge
Ruled Over the Hebrews. After the capture and destruction ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 19 that aeneas came into.htm

The Story of Samson, the Strong Man
... THE STORY OF SAMSON, THE STRONG MAN. Now we are to learn of three judges who
ruled Israel in turn. Their names were Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon. ...
/.../marshall/the wonder book of bible stories/the story of samson the.htm

Chronology from Adam.
... Then the Philistines and Ammonites ruled them 18 years. After that Jephthah judged
them 6 years; Esbon, 7 years; Ailon, 10 years; Abdon, 8 years. ...
/.../theophilus/theophilus to autolycus/chapter xxiv chronology from adam.htm

Josiah and the Newly Found Law
... And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son
of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture g/josiah and the newly found.htm

But on the Death of Gideon, his Son Abimelech...
... After him, Elon the Zebulonite ruled for ten years, and Abdon also for eight years;
but, as their rule was peaceful, they performed nothing which history might ...
/.../severus/life and writings of sulpitius severus /chapter xxvi but on the.htm

Concerning the Fortitude of Samson, and what Mischiefs He Brought ...
... 1. After Abdon was dead, the Philistines overcame the Israelites, and received tribute
of them for forty years; from which distress they were delivered after ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 8 concerning the fortitude.htm

Miller's views on the Second Coming of Christ.
... Ibzan 7 2929 1228 Judges 12:9.16. Elon 10 2939 1218 Judges 12:11.17. Abdon 8 2947
1210 Judges 12:14.18. Philistines 40 2987 1170 Judges 13:1.19. ...
/.../hayward/the book of religions/millers views on the second.htm

That the Judges who Succeeded Gideon Made War with the Adjoining ...
... 15. Abdon also, the son of Hilel, of the tribe of Ephraim, and born at the city
Pyrathon, was ordained their supreme governor after Helon. ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 7 that the judges.htm

Narrative Concerning the Prince of the Edessenes.
... by Moses Chorenensis (Rinck, ibid. p. 18). The Greek reads Abdon ton tou
Abdou pod?gran ?chonta. [228] This is probably the earliest ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/chapter xiii narrative concerning the prince.htm

The Historical Books.
... was contemporaneous with the oppression of the northeastern tribes by the Ammonites
and the period during which Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon judged Israel ...
/.../barrows/companion to the bible/chapter xx the historical books.htm

Thesaurus
Abdon (8 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ABDON (1). ab'-don (`abhdon, perhaps "service";
Abdon): (1) A judge of Israel for eight years (Judges 12:13-15). ...
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Pirathonite (5 Occurrences)
... (1.) Abdon, the son of Hillel, so called, Judges 12:13, 15. ... Judges 12:13 After
him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. ...
/p/pirathonite.htm - 9k

Pirathon (2 Occurrences)
... This was the home of Abdon the judge. ... Moore thinks it may have been in Benjamin,
Abdon being a Benjamite family (1 Chronicles 8:23, 30; 1 Chronicles 9:36). ...
/p/pirathon.htm - 8k

Zur (9 Occurrences)
... 1 Chronicles 8:30 and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal,
and Nadab, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
/z/zur.htm - 10k

Pira'thonite (2 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Pira'thonite (2 Occurrences). Judges 12:13 After him Abdon
the son of Hillel the Pira'thonite judged Israel. (DBY RSV). ...
/p/pira'thonite.htm - 6k

Achbor (7 Occurrences)
... Kings 22:12, 14). He is also called Abdon (2 Chronicles 34:20). Int. Standard
Bible Encyclopedia. ACHBOR. ak'-bor (`akhbor, "mouse ...
/a/achbor.htm - 10k

Kish (18 Occurrences)
... 1 Chronicles 8:30 and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal,
and Nadab, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
/k/kish.htm - 15k

Ner (17 Occurrences)
... (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). 1 Chronicles 8:30 And his
oldest son Abdon, and Zur and Kish and Baal and Ner and Nadab (BBE NIV). ...
/n/ner.htm - 13k

Nadab (21 Occurrences)
... 1 Chronicles 8:30 and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal,
and Nadab, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
/n/nadab.htm - 16k

Ba'al (55 Occurrences)
... son, (See RSV). 1 Chronicles 8:30 and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur,
and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab, (See RSV). 1 Chronicles 9:36 ...
/b/ba'al.htm - 22k

Bible Concordance
Abdon (8 Occurrences)

Joshua 21:30 Out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its suburbs, Abdon with its suburbs,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Judges 12:13 After him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Judges 12:15 Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Chronicles 6:74 and out of the tribe of Asher, Mashal with its suburbs, and Abdon with its suburbs,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Chronicles 8:23 and Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Chronicles 8:30 and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Chronicles 9:36 and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Ner, and Nadab,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Chronicles 34:20 The king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Abdon

Abdon: A Benjamite Chief

Abdon: A Judge of Israel, in the Time of the Judges

Abdon: A Levitical City

Abdon: Son of Gibeon

Abdon: Son of Micah

Abdon: Son of Micah: Also Called Achbor

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Pirathonite (5 Occurrences)

Pirathon (2 Occurrences)

Zur (9 Occurrences)

Pira'thonite (2 Occurrences)

Achbor (7 Occurrences)

Kish (18 Occurrences)

Ner (17 Occurrences)

Nadab (21 Occurrences)

Ba'al (55 Occurrences)

Oldest (58 Occurrences)

Ebron (1 Occurrence)

Abdomen (4 Occurrences)

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Abednego (14 Occurrences)

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Pasture (120 Occurrences)

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Zicri (11 Occurrences)

Zichri (12 Occurrences)

Judgeth (37 Occurrences)

Judge (297 Occurrences)

Grass-lands (42 Occurrences)

Mashal (1 Occurrence)

Mishal (2 Occurrences)

Pira'thon (4 Occurrences)

Bedan (2 Occurrences)

Ahikam (20 Occurrences)

Amalekites (36 Occurrences)

Ass (95 Occurrences)

Asaiah (8 Occurrences)

Amal'ekites (24 Occurrences)

Asai'ah (8 Occurrences)

Ahi'kam (19 Occurrences)

Attendant (15 Occurrences)

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Secretary (34 Occurrences)

Outskirts (38 Occurrences)

Shaphan (26 Occurrences)

First-born (110 Occurrences)

Hanan (19 Occurrences)

Amalekite (12 Occurrences)

Micah (54 Occurrences)

Scribe (55 Occurrences)

Buried (125 Occurrences)

E'phraim (146 Occurrences)

Baal (94 Occurrences)

Commandeth (60 Occurrences)

Proper (62 Occurrences)

Dieth (192 Occurrences)

Hilkijah (30 Occurrences)

Hilki'ah (30 Occurrences)

Ephraim (168 Occurrences)

Hilkiah (31 Occurrences)

Firstborn (119 Occurrences)

Hill-country (85 Occurrences)

Anem (1 Occurrence)

Names (133 Occurrences)

Hill (217 Occurrences)

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