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eminences; elevations

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(high place), The waters of, a lake formed by the river Jordan, about ten miles north of the Sea of Galilee. It is a place memorable in the history of the conquest of Palestine. Here Joshua completely routed the confederacy of the northern chiefs under Jabin. (Joshua 11:5,7) It is a remarkable fact that though by common consent "the waters of Merom" are identified with the lake thorough which the Jordan runs between Banias and the Sea of Galilee --the Bahr el-Huleh of the modern Arabs-- Yet that identity cannot be proved by any ancient record. In form the lake is not far from a triangle, base being at the north and the apex at the south. It measures about three miles in each direction, and eleven feet deep. The water is clear and sweet; it is covered in parts by a broad-leaved plant, and abounds in water-fowl. (The northern part is a dense swamp of papyrus reeds, as large as the lake itself. See "Rob Roy on the Jordan." --ED.)

ATS Bible Dictionary

The "waters of Merom," Joshua 11:5, or lake of Semechon, is the most northern of the three lakes supplied by the river Jordan. It is situated in the southern part of a valley formed by the two branches of Mount Hermon. The lake is now called after the valley, the lake of Huleh. The lake proper is four or five miles long, and perhaps four broad, tapering towards the south. It is very shallow, and a large part of it is covered with aquatic plants. Thousand of waterfowl sport on its surface, and its water abound in fish. On the north lies the plain of the Huleh, which is a dead level for a distance of six miles or more. Near the upper end of this, the three streams which form the Jordan unite. On the west side of the Jordan above the lake, a marsh extends up north as far as the junction of these streams, or even farther; while on the eastern side the land is tilled almost down to the lake. It is a splendid plain, and extremely fertile. All kinds of grain grow on it, with very little labor; and it still merits the praise accorded to it by the Danite spies; "We have seen the land; and behold, it is very good, .... a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth," Jud 18:9,10. Its rich soil is formed by deposit, and it seems to be partially submerged in the spring. Thus the lake and valley El-Huleh form an immense reservoir, and unite with the snows of Hermon to maintain the summer supplies of the Jordan. Near this lake Joshua defeated the kings of Northern Canaan, Joshua 11:1-8.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Height, a lake in Northern Palestine through which the Jordan flows. It was the scene of the third and last great victory gained by Joshua over the Canaanites (Joshua 11:5-7). It is not again mentioned in Scripture. Its modern name is Bakrat el-Huleh. "The Ard el-Huleh, the centre of which the lake occupies, is a nearly level plain of 16 miles in length from north to south, and its breadth from east to west is from 7 to 8 miles. On the west it is walled in by the steep and lofty range of the hills of Kedesh-Naphtali; on the east it is bounded by the lower and more gradually ascending slopes of Bashan; on the north it is shut in by a line of hills hummocky and irregular in shape and of no great height, and stretching across from the mountains of Naphtali to the roots of Mount Hermon, which towers up at the north-eastern angle of the plain to a height of 10,000 feet. At its southern extremity the plain is similarly traversed by elevated and broken ground, through which, by deep and narrow clefts, the Jordan, after passing through Lake Huleh, makes its rapid descent to the Sea of Galilee."

The lake is triangular in form, about 4 1/2 miles in length by 3 1/2 at its greatest breadth. Its surface is 7 feet above that of the Mediterranean. It is surrounded by a morass, which is thickly covered with canes and papyrus reeds, which are impenetrable. Macgregor with his canoe, the Rob Roy, was the first that ever, in modern times, sailed on its waters. (see JORDAN.)

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

me'-rom (me-merom; hudor Marron or hudor Merron): The place which was the scene of Joshua's victory over Jabin and his confederates (Joshua 11:7), commonly identified with Lake Huleh in the upper part of the Jordan valley, but with doubtful propriety. Josephus says (Ant., V, i, 18) that the camp of the allies was at Beroth in upper Galilee, and that Beroth was not far from Kadesh, which is upon the summit of the Galilean hills. According to the Scriptural account, the pursuit was to Sidon and Hazor on the West of the mountains (see HAZOR), while the names of the confederates are those of places in lower Galilee and the maritime plain. It seems improbable that a force of chariots should be brought over to be hemmed in by the rugged mountains which border the narrow plain of Huleh on both sides, plains that are made still narrower by the swamps surrounding the lake (see JORDAN VALLEY) in Joshua's time, when they were much larger than they are now after having been filled with the accumulation of sediment brought down by mountain streams for 3,000 years. Conder, with much reason, supposes the "waters of Merom" to be the perennial stream Wady el-Melek, near Shimrom-Merom (Semunieh), 5 miles West of Nazareth. Were Lake Huleh referred to, the proper phrase would be Sea (yam) of Merom, rather than waters (mayim).

George Frederick Wright



Strong's Hebrew
4792. Merom -- a place in Upper Galilee
... 4791, 4792. Merom. 4793 . a place in Upper Galilee. Transliteration: Merom
Phonetic Spelling: (may-rome') Short Definition: Merom. ...
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5903. erom -- naked, nakedness
... naked ness. Or merom {ay-rome'}; from aram; nudity -- naked(- ness). see HEBREW
aram. 5902, 5903. erom or erom. 5904 . Strong's Numbers.
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The Great Confession - the Great Commission - the Great ...
... northwards from the Lake of Galilee, a distance of about ten miles, leads the road
to the uppermost Jordan-Lake, that now called Huleh, the ancient Merom. ...
/.../the life and times of jesus the messiah/chapter xxxvii the great confession.htm

The Lake Samochonitis [Or Semechonitis. ]
... In the Holy Scriptures it is the 'Water of Merom,' Joshua 11:5. In the Babylonian
Talmudists it is 'The Sibbechean sea.' Hence is that, "Jordan ariseth out of ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 69 the lake samochonitis.htm

In Galilee at the Time of Our Lord
... the Song of Solomon is partly laid (Cant 7:5). But its caves and fastnesses, as
well as the marshy ground, covered with reeds, along Lake Merom, gave shelter ...
/.../edersheim/sketches of jewish social life/chapter 3 in galilee at.htm

Six Cities
... If you look far north in the map of Palestine above the lake of Merom, near the
snowy peaks of mount Hermon and Lebanon, you will see where this Refuge-city ...
/.../macduff/the cities of refuge or the name of jesus/ii six cities.htm

Syria at the Beginning of the Egyptian Conquest
... of steep inclines to arid plains, fringed or intersected by green and flourishing
valleys, which afforded sites for numerous towns,"Pahira, Merom near Lake ...
/.../chapter iisyria at the beginning.htm

The Hebrews and the Philistines --Damascus
... The Amorites in the north, who had assembled round Jabin, King of Hazor, met with
no better success; they were defeated at the waters of Merom, Hazor was burnt ...
/.../chapter iiithe hebrews and the.htm

Chapter xiv
... Almost without exception commentators locate "Dan" at the site of Dan Laish, about
ten miles almost due north of Lake Merom, that is the town frequently ...
// of genesis volume 1/chapter xiv.htm

The First Chaldaean Empire and the Hyksos in Egypt
... Huleh.*. * Lake Huleh is called the Waters of Merom, Me-Merom, in the Book
of Joshua, xi.5, 7; and Lake Sammochonitis in Josephus. ...
/.../chapter ithe first chaldaean empire.htm

The Eighteenth Theban Dynasty
History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 4. <. ...
/.../chapter iiithe eighteenth theban dynasty.htm

The Reaction against Egypt
History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 5. <. ...
/.../chapter iithe reaction against egypt.htm

Merom (2 Occurrences)
... (see JORDAN.). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. MEROM, WATERS OF. me'-rom
(me-merom; hudor Marron or hudor Merron): The place which ...
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Waters (386 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia MEROM, WATERS OF. me'-rom (me-merom; hudor
Marron or hudor Merron): The place which was the scene ...
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Misrephothmaim (2 Occurrences)
... Memphomaim): A place to which Joshua chased the various tribes, which were confederated
under Jabin, after their defeat at the waters of Merom (Joshua 11:8 ...
/m/misrephothmaim.htm - 9k

Misrephoth-maim (2 Occurrences)
... Memphomaim): A place to which Joshua chased the various tribes, which were confederated
under Jabin, after their defeat at the waters of Merom (Joshua 11:8 ...
/m/misrephoth-maim.htm - 9k

Arabah (32 Occurrences)
... The most remarkable portion of this phenomenal crevasse is that which extends from
the Waters of Merom to the springs of Ain Abu Werideh; for through this ...
/a/arabah.htm - 33k

Jabin (8 Occurrences)
... Comp. 14:6-15). This great battle, fought at Lake Merom, was the last
of Joshua's battles of which we have any record. Here for ...
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Hazor (19 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Enclosed; fortified. (1.) A stronghold of the Canaanites
in the mountains north of Lake Merom (Joshua 11:1-5). Jabin the king with ...
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Heron (2 Occurrences)
... These birds, blue, white or brown, swarmed in Europe and wintered around Merom,
along the Jordan, at the headwaters of the Jabbok and along its marshy bed in ...
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Naphtali (51 Occurrences)
... It lay in the north-eastern corner of the land, bounded on the east by the Jordan
and the lakes of Merom and Galilee, and on the north it extended far into ...
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Jordan (188 Occurrences)
... flows, "with a swift current and a much-twisted course," through a marshy plain
for some 6 miles, when it falls into the Lake Huleh, "the waters of Merom" (qv ...
/j/jordan.htm - 70k

Bible Concordance
Merom (2 Occurrences)

Joshua 11:5 All these kings met together; and they came and encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight with Israel.

Joshua 11:7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly, and fell on them.



Merom: Joshua Conquered the Confederacy of Kings Under Jabin, King of Hazor, Near

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