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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

God lives; the life of God

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(God liveth), a native of Bethel, who rebuilt Jericho in the reign of Ahab, (1 Kings 16:34) (B.C. after 915), and in whom was fulfilled the curse pronounced by Joshua, (Joshua 6:26) five hundred years before.

ATS Bible Dictionary

God liveth, a Bethelite, who rebuilt Jericho in despite of the woe denounced five hundred years before, Joshua 6:26. The fulfillment of the curse by the death of his children, proves the truth which his name signified, 1 Kings 16:34.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Life of (i.e., from) God, a native of Bethel, who built (i.e., fortified) Jericho some seven hundred years after its destruction by the Israelites. There fell on him for such an act the imprecation of Joshua (6:26). He laid the foundation in his first-born, and set up the gates in his youngest son (1 Kings 16:34), i.e., during the progress of the work all his children died.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

hi'-el (chi'el; Achiel): A Bethelite who according to 1 Kings 16:34 rebuilt Jericho, and in fulfillment of a curse pronounced by Joshua (Joshua 6:26) sacrificed his two sons. This seems to have been a custom prevalent among primitive peoples, the purpose being to ward off ill luck from the inhabitants, especially in a case where the destroyer had invoked a curse on him who presumed to rebuild. Numerous instances are brought to light in the excavations of Gezer (Macalister, Bible Side-Lights from the Mound of Gezer, chapter x). At first the very best was claimed as a gift to the deity, e.g. one's own sons; then some less valuable member of the community. When civilization prevented human sacrifice, animals were offered instead. The story of Abraham offering Isaac may be a trace of this old custom, the tenor of the story implying that at the time of the writing of the record, the custom was coming to be in disrepute. A similar instance is the offering of his eldest son by the king of Edom to appease the deity and win success in battle (2 Kings 3:27; compare Micah 6:7). Various conjectures have been made as to the identity of this king. Ewald regarded him as a man of wealth and enterprise (unternehmender reicher Mann); Cheyne following Niebuhr makes it Jehu in disguise, putting 1 Kings 16:34 after 2 Kings 10:33; Winckler explains as folklore.

W. N. Stearns

Strong's Hebrew
2419. Chiel -- probably "brother of God," a rebuilder of Jericho
... 2418, 2419. Chiel. 2420 . probably "brother of God," a rebuilder of Jericho.
Transliteration: Chiel Phonetic Spelling: (khee-ale') Short Definition: Hiel. ... Hiel ...
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Jericho Itself.
... The same persons which were just now cited, suppose that the restorer of it was
Hiel, the son of Jehoshaphat, to wit, the same with Jechiel, 2 Chronicles 21:2 ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 47 jericho itself.htm

Book 5 Footnotes
... to destruction, and the exemplary punishment of Achar, who broke that duerein or
anathema, and of the punishment of the future breaker of it, Hiel, 1 Kings 16 ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/book 5 footnotes.htm

The Healing of the Waters
... Hiel the Bethelite "laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his first-born, and set
up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the world of the ...
/.../white/the story of prophets and kings/chapter 18 the healing of.htm

The Life of Mr. Alexander Henderson.
... of this assembly he said, "We have now cast down the walls of Jericho (meaning prelacy)
let him that buildeth them beware of the curse of Hiel the Bethelite, &c ...
/.../howie/biographia scoticana scots worthies/the life of mr alexander.htm

Chapter xxii
... foreign abomination. Hiel's story (1 Kings 16:34) does not tell of human
sacrifice but of sons lost by divine punishment. 3. And ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/leupold/exposition of genesis volume 1/chapter xxii.htm

Letter cviii. To Eustochium.
... Then entering Jericho she saw the city which Hiel founded in Abiram his firstborn
and of which he set up the gates in his youngest son Segub. ...
/.../jerome/the principal works of st jerome/letter cviii to eustochium.htm

The Assyrian Revival and the Struggle for Syria
History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 7. <. ...
/.../chapter ithe assyrian revival and.htm

Hiel (1 Occurrence)
... children died. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. HIEL. hi'-el ... as folklore. WN
Stearns. Multi-Version Concordance Hiel (1 Occurrence). 1 Kings ...
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Abiram (9 Occurrences)
... (2.) The eldest son of Hiel the Bethelite, who perished prematurely in consequence
of his father's undertaking to rebuild Jericho (1 Kings 16:34), according to ...
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Segub (3 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Elevated. (1.) The youngest son of Hiel the Bethelite. ...
(1) The youngest son of Hiel, the rebuilder of Jericho (1 Kings 16:34). ...
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Bethelite (1 Occurrence)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary A designation of Hiel (qv), who rebuilt Jericho and
experienced the curse pronounced long before (1 Kings 16:34). Int. ... See HIEL. ...
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Elijah (104 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 16:34 mentions as another instance of the little weight attached in Ahab's
time to ancient prophetic threatenings, the rebuilding by Hiel the Bethelite ...
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Hi'el (1 Occurrence)
Hi'el. Hiel, Hi'el. Hierapolis . Multi-Version Concordance Hi'el (1 Occurrence). ...
(See RSV). Hiel, Hi'el. Hierapolis . Reference Bible.
/h/hi'el.htm - 6k

Foundations (49 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho; with Abiram his
first-born he laid the foundation thereof, and with his youngest son Segub he ...
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Rebuilt (47 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid its foundation
with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the ...
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Beth-elite (1 Occurrence)
... 1 Kings 16:34 In his days did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho: he laid the foundation
thereof with the loss of Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates ...
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... (2) The eldest son of Hiel, the Bethelite, who died prematurely, thus fulfilling
the doom pronounced on the posterity of him who should undertake to rebuild ...
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Bible Concordance
Hiel (1 Occurrence)

1 Kings 16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid its foundation with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.



Hiel in Him Was Fulfilled the Curse Pronounced by Joshua

Hiel: Rebuilder of Jericho

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