Pekah
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Pekah

he that opens; that is at liberty

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Pekah

(open-eyed), son of Remaliah, originally a captain of Pekaiah king of Israel, murdered his master seized the throne, and became the 18th sovereign of the northern kingdom, B.C. 757-740. Under his predecessors Israel had been much weakened through the payment of enormous tribute to the Assyrians (see especially) (2 Kings 15:20) and by internal wars and conspiracies. Pekah seems to have steadily applied himself to the restoration of power. For this purpose he contracted a foreign alliance, and fixed his mind on the plunder of the sister kingdom of Judah. He must have made the treaty by which he proposed to share its spoil with Rezin king of Damascus, when Jotham was still on the throne of Jerusalem (2 Kings 10:37) but its execution was long delayed, probably in consequence of that prince's righteous and vigorous administration. (2 Chronicles 27:1) ... When however his weak son Ahaz succeeded to the crown of David, the allies no longer hesitated, but entered upon the siege of Jerusalem, B.C. 742. The history of the war is found in 2Kin 13 and 2Chr 28. It is famous as the occasion of the great prophecies in Isai 7-9. Its chief result was the Jewish port of Elath on the Red Sea; but the unnatural alliance of Damascus and Samaria was punished through the complete overthrow of the ferocious confederates by Tiglath-pileser. The kingdom of Damascus. was finally suppressed and Rezin put to death while Pekah was deprived of at least half his kingdom, including all the northern portion and the whole district to the east of Jordan. Pekah himself, now fallen into the position of an Assyrian vassal was of course compelled to abstain from further attacks on Judah. Whether his continued tyranny exhausted the patience of his subjects, or whether his weakness emboldened them to attack him, is not known; but, from one or the other cause, Hoshea the son of Elah conspired against him and put him to death.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Pekah

Son of Remaliah, and general of the army of Pekahiah king of Israel. He conspired against his master, attacked him in the tower of his royal palace of Samaria, and having slain him, B. C. 758, he reigned in his place twenty years. In the latter part of his evil reign he formed an alliance with the Syrians of Damascus, and they attacked Ahaz king of Judah, who in turn sought the aid of Assyria. The result was, that Damascus was taken by Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria, and with it all the lands of Israel east of the Jordan and north of the Sea of Galilee, their inhabitants being carried captive. Shortly afterwards Hoshea son of Elah conspired against Pekah, slew him, and reigned in his stead, 2 Kings 15:25-38 16:1-9 Isaiah 7:1-8:9 17:1-14.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Open-eyed, the son of Remaliah a captain in the army of Pekahiah, king of Israel, whom he slew, with the aid of a band of Gileadites, and succeeded (B.C. 758) on the throne (2 Kings 15:25). Seventeen years after this he entered into an alliance with Rezin, king of Syria, and took part with him in besieging Jerusalem (2 Kings 15:37; 16:5). But Tiglath-pilser, who was in alliance with Ahaz, king of Judah, came up against Pekah, and carried away captive many of the inhabitants of his kingdom (2 Kings 15:29). This was the beginning of the "Captivity." Soon after this Pekah was put to death by Hoshea, the son of Elah, who usurped the throne (2 Kings 15:30; 16:1-9. Comp. Isaiah 7:16; 8:4; 9:12). He is supposed by some to have been the "shephard" mentioned in Zechariah 11:16.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PEKAH

1. Accession:

Son of Remaliah, and 18th king of Israel. Pekah murdered his predecessor, Pekahiah, and seized the reins of power (2 Kings 15:25). His usurpation of the throne is said to have taken place in the 52nd year of Uzziah, and his reign to have lasted for 20 years (2 Kings 15:27). His accession, therefore, may be placed in 748 B.C. (other chronologies place it later, and make the reign last only a few years).

Pekah came to the throne with the resolution of assisting in forming a league to resist the westward advance of Assyria. The memory of defeat by Assyria at the battle of Karkar in 753, more than 100 years before, had never died out.

2. Attitude of Assyria:

Tiglath-pileser III was now ruler of Assyria, and in successive campaigns since 745 had proved himself a resistless conqueror. His lust for battle was not yet satisfied, and the turn of Philistia and Syria was about to come. In 735, a coalition, of which Pekah was a prominent member, was being formed to check his further advance. It comprised the princes of Comagene, Gebal, Hamath, Arvad, Ammon, Moab, Edom, Gaza, Samaria, Syria, and some minor potentates, the list being taken from a roll of the subject-princes who attended a court and paid tribute after the fall of Damascus. Ahaz likewise attended as a voluntary tributary to do homage to Tiglath-pileser (2 Kings 16:10).

3. Judah Recalcitrant:

While the plans of the allies were in course of formation, an obstacle was met with which proved insurmountable by the arts of diplomacy. This was the refusal of Ahaz, then on the throne of David, to join the confederacy. Arguments and threats having failed to move him, resort was had to force, and the troops of Samaria and Damascus moved on Jerusalem (2 Kings 16:5). Great alarm was felt at the news of their approach, as seen in the 7th and 8th chapters of Isaiah. The allies had in view to dispossess Ahaz of his crown, and give it to one of their own number, a son of Tabeel. Isaiah himself was the mainstay of the opposition to their projects. The policy he advocated, by divine direction, was that of complete neutrality. This he urged with passionate earnestness, but with only partial success. Isaiah (probably) had kept back Ahaz from joining the coalition, but could not prevent him from sending an embassy, laden with gifts to Tiglath-pileser, to secure his intervention. On the news arriving that the Assyrian was on the march, a hasty retreat was made from Jerusalem, and the blow soon thereafter fell, where Isaiah had predicted, on Rezin and Pekah, and their kingdoms.

4. Chronicles Ancillary to Kings:

The severely concise manner in which the writer of Kings deals with the later sovereigns of the Northern Kingdom is, in the case of Pekah, supplemented in Chronicles by further facts as to this campaign of the allies. The Chronicler states that "a great multitude of captives" were taken to Damascus and many others to Samaria. These would be countrymen and women from the outlying districts of Judah, which were ravaged. Those taken to Samaria were, however, returned, unhurt, to Jericho by the advice of the prophet Oded (2 Chronicles 28:5-15).

5. Fall of Damascus; Northern and Eastern Palestine Overrun:

The messengers sent from Jerusalem to Nineveh appear to have arrived when the army of Tiglath-pileser was already prepared to march. The movements of the Assyrians being expedited, they fell upon Damascus before the junction of the allies was accomplished. Rezin was defeated in a decisive battle, and took refuge in his capital, which was closely invested. Another part of the invading army descended on the upper districts of Syria and Samaria. Serious resistance to the veteran troops of the East could hardly be made, and city after city fell. A list of districts and cities that were overrun is given in 2 Kings 15:29. It comprises Gilead beyond Jordan-already partly depopulated (1 Chronicles 5:26); the tribal division of Naphtali, lying to the West of the lakes of Galilee and Merom, and all Galilee, as far South as the plain of Esdraelon and the Valley of Jezreel. Cities particularly mentioned are Ijon (now `Ayun), Abel-beth-maacah (now `Abi), Janoah (now Yanun), Kedesh (now Kados) and Hazor (now Hadireh).

6. Deportation of the Inhabitants:

These places and territories were not merely attacked and plundered. Their inhabitants were removed, with indescribable loss and suffering, to certain districts in Assyria, given as Halah, Habor, Hara, and both sides of the river Gozan, an affluent of the Euphrates. The transplantation of these tribes to a home beyond the great river was a new experiment in political geography, devised with the object of welding the whole of Western Asia into a single empire. It was work of immense difficulty and must have taxed the resources of even so great an organizer as Tiglath-pileser. The soldiers who had conquered in the field were, of course, employed to escort the many thousands of prisoners to their new locations. About two-thirds of the Samarian kingdom, comprising the districts of Samaria, the two Galilees, and the trans-Jordanic region, was thus denuded of its inhabitants.

7. Death of Pekah:

Left with but a third of his kingdom-humbled but still defiant-Pekah was necessarily unpopular with his subjects. In this extremity-the wave of invasion from the North having spent itself-the usual solution occurred, and a plot was formed by which the assassination of Pekah should be secured, and the assassin should take his place as a satrap of Assyria. A tool was found in the person of Hoshea, whom Tiglath-pileser claims to have appointed to the throne. The Biblical narrative does not do more than record the fact that "Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead" (2 Kings 15:30). The date given to this act is the 20th year of Jotham. As Jotham's reign lasted but 16 years, this number is evidently an error.

8. References in Isaiah:

For the first time, the historian makes no reference to the religious conduct of a king of Israel. The subject was beneath notice. The second section of Isaiah's prophecies (Isaiah 7:1-10:4) belongs to the reign of Ahaz and thus to the time of Pekah, both of whom are named in it. Pekah is named in Isaiah 7:1, and is often, in this and the next chapter, referred to as "the son of Remaliah." His loss of the territorial divisions of Zebulun and Naphtali is referred to in 9:1, and is followed by prophecy of their future glory as the earthly home of the Son of Man. The wording of Isaiah 9:14 shows that it was written before the fall of Samaria, and that of Isaiah 10:9-11 that Damascus and Samaria had both fallen and Jerusalem was expected to follow. This section of Isaiah may thus be included in the literature of the time of Pekah.

W. Shaw Caldecott

Strong's Hebrew
7425. Remalyahu -- father of King Pekah of Isr.
... Remalyahu. 7426 . father of King Pekah of Isr. ... Word Origin from an unused word
and Yah Definition father of King Pekah of Isr. NASB Word Usage Remaliah (13). ...
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6492. Peqach -- "opening," a king of Isr.
... Peqach. 6493 . "opening," a king of Isr. Transliteration: Peqach Phonetic Spelling:
(peh'-kakh) Short Definition: Pekah. ... NASB Word Usage Pekah (11). Pekah. ...
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Library

How Pekah Died by the Treachery of Hoshea who was a Little after ...
... How Pekah Died By The Treachery Of Hoshea Who Was A Little After Subdued By Shalmaneser;
And How Hezekiah Reigned Instead Of Ahaz; And What Actions Of Piety ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 13 how pekah died.htm

How Zachariah Shallum, Menahem Pekahiah and Pekah Took the ...
... How Zachariah Shallum, Menahem Pekahiah And Pekah Took The Government Over The
Israelites; And How Pul And Tiglath-Pileser Made An Expedition Against The ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 11 how zachariah shallum.htm

How Upon the Death of Jotham, Ahaz Reigned in his Stead; against ...
... How Upon The Death Of Jotham, Ahaz Reigned In His Stead; Against Whom Rezin, King
Of Syria And Pekah King Of Israel, Made War; And How Tiglath-Pileser, King Of ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 12 how upon the.htm

Nineveh.
... put the king to death, destroying the old Syrian kingdom for ever, and he carried
away the calf of Dan, and severely chastised Samaria, where Pekah was shortly ...
//christianbookshelf.org/yonge/the chosen people/lesson ix nineveh.htm

The Assyrian Captivity
... the evil that had wrought ruin in his kingdom, continued in "the sins of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin." Pekahiah and Pekah, his successors ...
/.../white/the story of prophets and kings/chapter 23 the assyrian captivity.htm

The Kingdom of Samaria.
... Again, Menahem's son, Pekahiah, was killed by his captain Pekah, a great warrior,
who made an attack upon Ahaz of Judah, and slew one hundred and twenty ...
//christianbookshelf.org/yonge/the chosen people/lesson viii the kingdom of.htm

The Antiquities of the Jews
... How Zachariah Shallum, Menahem Pekahiah And Pekah Took The Government Over The
Israelites; And How Pul And Tiglath-Pileser Made An Expedition Against The ...
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The Nations of the North-East
... In conjunction with the Israelitish king Pekah, Rezon II. proposed to overthrow
Judah and supplant the Davidic dynasty by a Syrian vassal-prince. ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/chapter iv the nations of.htm

The Christian View of the Old Testament
... Order of creation, 47 ff. Patriarchal age, 154; narratives, 238 f. Pekah, 135.
Penitential Psalms, 168. Pentateuch, authorship of, 88 f. ...
/.../eiselen/the christian view of the old testament/index 2.htm

Hosea
... We are irresistibly reminded of the rapid succession of kings that followed
Jeroboam"Zechariah his son, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/mcfadyen/introduction to the old testament/hosea.htm

Thesaurus
Pekah (11 Occurrences)
... with him in besieging Jerusalem (2 Kings 15:37; 16:5). But Tiglath-pilser, who was
in alliance with Ahaz, king of Judah, came up against Pekah, and carried ...
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Pekah's (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance Pekah's (1 Occurrence). 2 Kings 15:31 Now the rest
of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they ...
/p/pekah's.htm - 6k

Remaliah (13 Occurrences)
... Adorned by the Lord, the father of Pekah, who conspired successfully against Pekahiah
(2 Kings 15:25, 27, 30, 32, 37; Isaiah 7:1, 4, 5, 9; 8:6). Int. ...
/r/remaliah.htm - 11k

Remali'ah (13 Occurrences)
... 2 Kings 15:25 And Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him,
and smote him in Samaria, in the castle of the king's house, by Argob and by ...
/r/remali'ah.htm - 10k

Pekahiah (4 Occurrences)
... He was murdered in the royal palace of Samaria by Pekah, one of the captains of
his army (2 Kings 15:23-26), after a reign of two years (BC 761-759). ...
/p/pekahiah.htm - 10k

Tiglathpileser (3 Occurrences)
... pilnecer, in 2 Chronicles; Septuagint Algathphellasar; Assyrian, Tukulti-abal-i-
sarra): King of Assyria in the days of Menahem, Pekahiah, and Pekah, kings of ...
/t/tiglathpileser.htm - 11k

Tiglath-pileser (6 Occurrences)
... pilnecer, in 2 Chronicles; Septuagint Algathphellasar; Assyrian, Tukulti-abal-i-
sarra): King of Assyria in the days of Menahem, Pekahiah, and Pekah, kings of ...
/t/tiglath-pileser.htm - 12k

Rezin (11 Occurrences)
... Firm; a prince, a king of Syria, who joined Pekah (qv) in an invasion of the kingdom
of Judah (2 Kings 15:37; 16:5-9; Isaiah 7:1-8). Ahaz induced Tiglath ...
/r/rezin.htm - 13k

Oded (3 Occurrences)
... Restoring, or setting up. (1.) Father of the prophet Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:1,
8). (2.) A prophet in the time of Ahaz and Pekah (2 Chronicles 28:9-15). Int. ...
/o/oded.htm - 10k

Tiglath (3 Occurrences)
... He is first mentioned in Scripture, however, as gaining a victory over Pekah,
king of Israel, and Rezin of Damascus, who were confederates. ...
/t/tiglath.htm - 9k

Concordance
Pekah (11 Occurrences)

2 Kings 15:25
Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him, and struck him in Samaria, in the castle of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh; and with him were fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his place.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 15:27
In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 15:29
In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel Beth Maacah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 15:30
Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him, and killed him, and reigned in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 15:31
Now the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 15:32
In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 15:37
In those days Yahweh began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 16:1
In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 16:5
Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Chronicles 28:6
For Pekah the son of Remaliah killed in Judah one hundred twenty thousand in one day, all of them valiant men; because they had forsaken Yahweh, the God of their fathers.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 7:1
It happened in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Pekah

Pekah is Made King of Israel

Pekah is Plotted Against and Killed by Hoshea

Pekah: Captain of the Army of Israel

Pekah: Conspires Against and Assassinates King Pekahiah

Pekah: Prophecies Against

Pekah: Victorious in War With Judah

Regicide of Pekah

Related Terms

Pekah's (1 Occurrence)

Remaliah (13 Occurrences)

Remali'ah (13 Occurrences)

Pekahiah (4 Occurrences)

Tiglathpileser (3 Occurrences)

Tiglath-pileser (6 Occurrences)

Rezin (11 Occurrences)

Oded (3 Occurrences)

Tiglath (3 Occurrences)

Pileser (3 Occurrences)

Ijon (3 Occurrences)

Uzzi'ah (26 Occurrences)

Jotham (26 Occurrences)

Argob (6 Occurrences)

Overpower (11 Occurrences)

Captivity (141 Occurrences)

Conspired (32 Occurrences)

Conquer (12 Occurrences)

Assassinated (10 Occurrences)

Arieh (1 Occurrence)

Wage (39 Occurrences)

Uzziah (27 Occurrences)

Reigneth (54 Occurrences)

Kedesh (12 Occurrences)

Azariah (47 Occurrences)

Succeeded (81 Occurrences)

Attacking (73 Occurrences)

Pegs (22 Occurrences)

Marched (51 Occurrences)

Ahaz (42 Occurrences)

Design (84 Occurrences)

Isaiah (64 Occurrences)

Sama'ria (102 Occurrences)

Hoshea (13 Occurrences)

Stead (117 Occurrences)

Zichri (12 Occurrences)

Janoah (3 Occurrences)

Jan-o'ah (3 Occurrences)

Jehizkiah (1 Occurrence)

Jareb (2 Occurrences)

Gileadites (5 Occurrences)

Immanuel (3 Occurrences)

I'jon (2 Occurrences)

Fiftieth (4 Occurrences)

Forsaking (29 Occurrences)

Fifty-second (1 Occurrence)

Twentieth (34 Occurrences)

Tig'lath-pile'ser (3 Occurrences)

Removeth (27 Occurrences)

Elkanah (20 Occurrences)

Exile (101 Occurrences)

Deported (12 Occurrences)

Meshillemoth (2 Occurrences)

Menahem (8 Occurrences)

Maher-shalal-hash-baz (2 Occurrences)

Maaseiah (25 Occurrences)

Mahershalalhashbaz (2 Occurrences)

Pekahiah's (1 Occurrence)

Pekod (2 Occurrences)

Besieged (34 Occurrences)

Castle (26 Occurrences)

Conspiracy (17 Occurrences)

Citadel (20 Occurrences)

Calf (39 Occurrences)

Conspire (18 Occurrences)

Abel-beth-maachah (2 Occurrences)

Abelbethmaachah (2 Occurrences)

Azari'ah (46 Occurrences)

Abel-beth-maacah (2 Occurrences)

A'bel-Beth-Ma'acah (2 Occurrences)

Amram (14 Occurrences)

Amasa (13 Occurrences)

Seventeenth (6 Occurrences)

Slayeth (28 Occurrences)

Syrians (63 Occurrences)

Naphtali (51 Occurrences)

Shutting (43 Occurrences)

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