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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

vine; hissing; a color inclining to yellow

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(red), The valley of, a wady in which lay the residence of Delilah. (Judges 16:4) It was possibly nearer Gaza than any other of the chief Philistine cities, since thither Samson was taken after his capture at Delilah's house.

ATS Bible Dictionary

A valley in which Delilah resided, not far from Zorah, and Eshtaol, Jud 16:4. In winter and spring it was the channel of a brook, flowing northwest from Judah, by the region of Dan and the Philistines, into the Mediterranean. Jerome mentions a village of Sorek in that vicinity. The same Hebrew word, translated "choice" and "noble" in Genesis 49:11; Isaiah 5:2; Jeremiah 2:21, its the name of a vine bearing small grapes, but very sweet and almost without seeds. This vine may have given the valley its name.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Choice vine, the name of a valley, i.e., a torrent-bed, now the Wady Surar, "valley of the fertile spot," which drains the western Judean hills, and flowing by Makkedah and Jabneel, falls into the sea some eight miles south of Joppa. This was the home of Deliah, whom Samson loved (Judges 16:4).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

so'-rek (nachal soreq, "the valley of the choice (soreq) vine" (see VINE); sorech): "(Samson) loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah" (Judges 16:4). Jerome (OS, 153, 6) mentions a Capharsorec which was near Saraa (ancient ZORAH (which see)); this latter is undoubtedly the village of Sura`h, high up upon the northern slopes of the great Wady es Surar. About 3/4 of a mile West of this is Khurbet Surik, which is certainly the site referred to by Jerome, and possibly marks that of a more ancient town which gave its name to the whole valley. This valley is of importance in the historical geography of Palestine out of all proportion to its scanty mention in the Old Testament (HGHL, 218;). The Wady es Surar is an expansion of the ravine Wady Isma`in (which itself is formed by the junction of the great Wady Beit Chanineh, which rises near Bereh, and the Wady es Sikkeh, which drains the "Plain of Rephaim" near Jerusalem). The Jerus-Jaffa Railway traverses successively the Wady es Surar, the Wady Ismai`n and the Wady es Sikkeh to reach the Jerusalem plateau. The Valley of Sorek is a name which probably belonged only to the open, fertile valley, well suited for vineyards, which traverses the Shephelah. It is now given over almost entirely to the cultivation of wheat, barley and maize (durra). The valley passes between the lofty hill of Sara`h (Zorah) to the North and `Ain Shems (Beth-shemesh) and Tibneh (Timnah) on the South. Standing on the ruins of Beth-shemesh, one can watch the modern railway train winding for miles up the valley along almost the very road from Ekron (now `Akiv), upon which came the strange sight of the milch kine dragging the ark (1 Samuel 6:12). Very probably it was in this valley that the Philistines were defeated (1 Samuel 7:5-14) (PEF, III, 53, Sh XVII).

E. W. G. Masterman

Strong's Hebrew
7796. Sowreq -- "choice vines," a valley where Delilah lived
... 7795b, 7796. Sowreq. 7796a . "choice vines," a valley where Delilah lived.
Transliteration: Sowreq Phonetic Spelling: (so-rake') Short Definition: Sorek. Sorek ...
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7796a. Soreq -- "choice vines," a valley where Delilah lived
Soreq or Soreq. 7796, 7796a. Soreq or Soreq. 7796b . "choice vines," a valley
where Delilah lived. Transliteration: Soreq or Soreq Short Definition: Sorek. ...
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A Strong Man who Lost his Strength
in love with a woman in the valley of Sorek, named Delilah. ...
// childrens bible/a strong man who lost.htm

Argument from the Destruction of Jerusalem and Desolation of Judea ...
... And "the clouds were commanded not to rain a shower upon the vineyard of Sorek,"
[1434] "the clouds being celestial benefits, which were commanded not to be ...
/.../tertullian/an answer to the jews/chapter xiii argument from the destruction.htm

Good Works
... We must not look for good works in an evil nature any more than we should
look for the grapes of Sorek on the vines of Gomorrah. ...
/...// sermons volume 2 1856/good works.htm

Parallels from the Prophets to Illustrate Christ's Teaching in the ...
... 7). The designation comes from ver. 2, where the original clause vythz sr is
translated in the Septuagint, Kai ephuteusa ampelon Sorek. ...
/.../the five books against marcion/chapter xxix parallels from the prophets.htm

Scriptural Poems; Being Several Portions of Scripture Digested ...
... And afterward it came to pass he saw, And lov'da woman named Delilah, Who in the
vale of Sorek dwelt, to whom There did the lords of the Philistines come, And ...
/.../scriptural poems being several portions.htm

Sorek (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SOREK, VALLEY OF. so'-rek ... XVII). EWG Masterman.
Multi-Version Concordance Sorek (1 Occurrence). Judges ...
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Zorah (10 Occurrences)
... 31). It was situated on the crest of a hill overlooking the valley of Sorek,
and was fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:10). ...
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Delilah (7 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Languishing, a Philistine woman who dwelt in the
valley of Sorek (Judges 16:4-20). She was bribed by the ...
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Sorely (23 Occurrences)

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Vine (76 Occurrences)
... of Sodom." (2) soreq, in Isaiah 5:2, "choicest vine"; soreq, in Jeremiah 2:21,
"noble vine"; soreqah, in Genesis 49:11, "choice vine"; compare SOREK, VALLEY OF ...
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Kiriath-jearim (17 Occurrences)
... Zorah (now Sara`), Eshtaol (now Eshu`a) and Beth-shemesh (now `Ain Shems), are
all within sight of each other close to the Vale of Sorek. ...
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Kirjath-jearim (17 Occurrences)
... The opinion, however, that it is to be identified with `Erma, 4 miles east of `Ain
Shems, on the edge of the valley of Sorek, seems to be better supported. ...
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... Zorah (now Sara`), Eshtaol (now Eshu`a) and Beth-shemesh (now `Ain Shems), are
all within sight of each other close to the Vale of Sorek. ...
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Kirjathjearim (17 Occurrences)
... The opinion, however, that it is to be identified with `Erma, 4 miles east of `Ain
Shems, on the edge of the valley of Sorek, seems to be better supported. ...
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Gezer (14 Occurrences)
... to Jerusalem, and up which ran the great high road, by the Beth-horons, to the platenu
North of Jerusalem; to the South lies the Vale of Sorek, where stood ...
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Bible Concordance
Sorek (1 Occurrence)

Judges 16:4 It came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.



Sorek: Valley of

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