Plains
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Plains

This one term does duty in the Authorized Version for no less than seven distinct Hebrew words.

  1. Abel . This word perhaps answers more nearly to our word "meadow" than any other. It occurs in the names of Abel-maim Abel-meholah, Abel-shittim and is rendered "plain" in (Judges 11:33) --"plain of vineyards."
  2. Bikah . Fortunately we are able to identify the most remarkable of the bikahs of the Bible, and thus to ascertain the force of the term. The great plain or valley of Coele-Syria, the "hollow land" of the Greeks, which separates the two ranges of Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon is the most remarkable of them all. Out of Palestine we find denoted by the word bikah the "plain of the land of Shiner," (Genesis 11:2) the "plain of Mesopotamia," (Ezekiel 3:22,23; 8:4; 37:1,2) and the "plain in the province of Dura." (Daniel 3:1)
  3. Ha shefelah the invariable designation of the depressed, flat or gently-undulating region which intervened between the highlands of Judah and the Mediterranean, and was commonly in possession of the Philistines.
  4. Elon . Our translators have uniformly rendered this word "plain;" but this is not the verdict of the majority or the most trustworthy of the ancient versions. They regard the word as meaning an "oak" or "grove of oaks," a rendering supported by nearly all the commentators and lexicographers of the present day, The passages in which the word occurs erroneously translated "plain" are as-follows: Plain of Moreh, (Genesis 12:6; 11:30) plain of Mamre, (Genesis 13:18; 14:13; 18:1) plain of Zaanaim, (Judges 4:11) plain of the pillar, (Judges 9:6) plain of Meonenim, (Judges 9:37) plain of Tabor, (1 Samuel 10:5)
Strong's Hebrew
6160. arabah -- a steppe or desert plain, also a desert valley ...
... or desert plain, also a desert valley running S. from the Sea of Galilee NASB Word
Usage Arabah (28), desert (7), desert plain (2), desert plains (2), deserts ...
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4334. mishor -- a level place, uprightness
... Word Origin from yashar Definition a level place, uprightness NASB Word Usage fairness
(1), level (2), level place (1), plain (12), plains (1), plateau (2 ...
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Library

Habits and Condition of the People. Mission Work and Retirement.
... Like their brethren in the plains, the people in the hills live chiefly on
cereals"the cheaper cereals"and vegetables; but, like most below, including even ...
/.../chapter xxiii habits and condition.htm

Abraham's Four Surrenders
... NEEDED BOLSTERING UP. But his covetous eye looked upon the well-watered plains of
the valley of the Jordan that reached out towards Sodom, and he chose them. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/moody/men of the bible/i abrahams four surrenders.htm

Introduction
... Its population could never have been great, and though cities and villages were
crowded together on the plains and in the valleys, and perched at times on ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/introduction.htm

But Perhaps Some one is Alarmed at Hearing us Discourse of the ...
... Prophet Ezekiel long ago foretold under this same figure, saying, "I will draw thee
out with My hook, and stretch thee out upon the earth: the plains shall be ...
/.../16 but perhaps some one.htm

A Nation's Struggle for a Home and Freedom.
... Naturally they settled first along the fertile coast plains that skirt the western
Mediterranean. In later times these were known as the Phoenicians. ...
/.../kent/the making of a nation/study xii a nations struggle.htm

Psalm CIV.
... 8. "The mountains ascend, and the plains go down, into the place which Thou hast
founded for them" (ver.8). He is still speaking of waters. ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/augustine/exposition on the book of psalms/psalm civ.htm

Of Nature, and of the World; and a Censure of the Stoics and ...
... down precipitously; how often cities and islands have been overwhelmed by waves,
and gone into the deep; marshes have inundated fruitful plains, rivers and ...
/.../lactantius/the divine institutes/chap iii of nature and of.htm

The Seven Trumpets.
... escaped the ravages of war. "Alaric traversed, without resistance, the plains
of Macedonia and Thessaly. The troops which had been ...
/.../bliss/a brief commentary on the apocalypse/the seven trumpets.htm

Scenes in the Lives of the Patriarchs.
... His flocks dotted the plains, and his cattle sent down their lowing from encircling
hills. But more than these to him was the affection of his beautiful wife. ...
/.../headley/half hours in bible lands volume 2/scenes in the lives of.htm

On Earthly Things
... [Matt.13:38]. The plains are the saints and the divine scriptures, on which they
put out fodder for the living; in the psalm: the plains are full of riches. ...
/.../eucherius/the formulae of st eucherius of lyons/iii on earthly things.htm

Thesaurus
Plains (31 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Plains (31 Occurrences). ... But look round, I tell you, and
observe these plains-- they are already ripe for the sickle. (WEY). ...
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Desert (322 Occurrences)
... It is also translated "plains;" as "the plains of Jericho" (Joshua 5:10; 2 Kings
25:5), "the plains of Moab" (Numbers 22:1; Deuteronomy 34:1, 8), "the plains...
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Wanderings (7 Occurrences)
... On the North of this desert lie the plains of Gaza and Gerar, and the Neghebh or
"dry region" (the south; see Numbers 13:17 the Revised Version (British and ...
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Champaign (1 Occurrence)
... James Version margin "plain," the Revised Version (British and American) "the Arabah."
The plural is used in Joshua 5:10 2 Kings 25:5, "the plains of Jericho ...
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Cart (12 Occurrences)
... readily led to their adoption. From Egypt they gradually found their way
among the people of the Palestinian plains. In the hills of ...
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Opposite (137 Occurrences)
... (See NAS RSV). Numbers 22:1 The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in
the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho. (See NAS). ...
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Phoenicians
... The plains along the coast are not extensive, but generally very fertile and bear
abundant crops of wheat, barley and other cereals, where not given to the ...
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Phoenicia (6 Occurrences)
... The plains along the coast are not extensive, but generally very fertile and bear
abundant crops of wheat, barley and other cereals, where not given to the ...
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Across (172 Occurrences)
... (See JPS). Numbers 22:1 The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in
the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho. (See NIV). ...
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Overtook (35 Occurrences)
... (BBE). 2 Kings 25:5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook
him in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. ...
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Concordance
Plains (31 Occurrences)

John 4:35
Do you not say, 'It wants four months yet to the harvest'? But look round, I tell you, and observe these plains-- they are already ripe for the sickle.
(WEY)

Genesis 18:1
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
(KJV WBS)

Numbers 22:1
The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 26:3
Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 26:63
These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 31:12
They brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Israel, to the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 33:48
They traveled from the mountains of Abarim, and encamped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 33:49
They encamped by the Jordan, from Beth Jeshimoth even to Abel Shittim in the plains of Moab.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 33:50
Yahweh spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 35:1
Yahweh spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Numbers 36:13
These are the commandments and the ordinances which Yahweh commanded by Moses to the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Deuteronomy 11:30
Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?
(KJV WBS)

Deuteronomy 34:1
Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. Yahweh showed him all the land of Gilead, to Dan,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Deuteronomy 34:8
The children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping in the mourning for Moses were ended.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Joshua 4:13
About forty thousand men, ready and armed for war passed over before Yahweh to battle, to the plains of Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Joshua 5:10
The children of Israel encamped in Gilgal. They kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Joshua 11:2
And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
(KJV WBS)

Joshua 12:8
In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:
(KJV WBS)

Joshua 13:32
These are the inheritances which Moses distributed in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan at Jericho, eastward.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Judges 1:19
Yahweh was with Judah; and drove out the inhabitants of the hill country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
(See NIV)

2 Samuel 15:28
See, I will tarry at the fords of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me.
(See JPS DBY YLT)

2 Samuel 17:16
Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
(KJV JPS DBY WBS YLT)

1 Kings 20:23
And the servants of the king of Aram said unto him: 'Their God is a God of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.
(See NIV)

1 Kings 20:25
and number thee an army, like the army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot; and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.' And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 25:5
But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Chronicles 27:28
And over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the low plains was Baalhanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:
(KJV WBS)

2 Chronicles 9:27
And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.
(KJV WBS)

2 Chronicles 26:10
Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
(KJV WBS)

Isaiah 42:16
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, in paths that they knew not will I lead them; I will make darkness light before them, and rugged places plain. These things will I do, and I will not leave them undone.
(See NAS)

Jeremiah 39:5
But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave judgment on him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 52:8
But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Plains

Related Terms

Desert (322 Occurrences)

Wanderings (7 Occurrences)

Champaign (1 Occurrence)

Cart (12 Occurrences)

Opposite (137 Occurrences)

Phoenicians

Phoenicia (6 Occurrences)

Across (172 Occurrences)

Overtook (35 Occurrences)

Agriculture

Elea'zar (72 Occurrences)

Encamped (115 Occurrences)

Jericho (59 Occurrences)

Camped (100 Occurrences)

Pitched (101 Occurrences)

Eleazar (74 Occurrences)

Moab (162 Occurrences)

Frost (9 Occurrences)

Pontus (3 Occurrences)

Plow (11 Occurrences)

Beth-jeshimoth (4 Occurrences)

Balaam (62 Occurrences)

Baalhanan (5 Occurrences)

Mountains (221 Occurrences)

Encamp (108 Occurrences)

Riblah (12 Occurrences)

Syria (73 Occurrences)

Benhadad (24 Occurrences)

Chalde'ans (74 Occurrences)

Gilgal (39 Occurrences)

Nebo (13 Occurrences)

Pursued (75 Occurrences)

Plain (113 Occurrences)

Botany

Minor (2 Occurrences)

Jordan (188 Occurrences)

Asia (22 Occurrences)

Philistines (224 Occurrences)

Pursue (104 Occurrences)

Deuteronomy (1 Occurrence)

Territory (140 Occurrences)

Overtake (113 Occurrences)

Traveled (104 Occurrences)

Carmel (33 Occurrences)

Zedeki'ah (62 Occurrences)

Palestine (1 Occurrence)

Journeyed (111 Occurrences)

Soldiers (83 Occurrences)

Chaldeans (82 Occurrences)

Vine-dressers (18 Occurrences)

Valleys (38 Occurrences)

Kishon (6 Occurrences)

Nebuchadrez'zar (31 Occurrences)

Nettle (2 Occurrences)

Undivided (4 Occurrences)

Jabbok (7 Occurrences)

Jabneh (1 Occurrence)

Jeshimoth (4 Occurrences)

Jabneel (2 Occurrences)

Lowland (34 Occurrences)

Gershonites (17 Occurrences)

Gershon (23 Occurrences)

Galilee (73 Occurrences)

Geshem (5 Occurrences)

Gazelle (12 Occurrences)

Wants (49 Occurrences)

Waters (386 Occurrences)

Irrigation

Inheritances (7 Occurrences)

Fourteenth (25 Occurrences)

Flint (12 Occurrences)

Tower (74 Occurrences)

Terah (12 Occurrences)

Territories (12 Occurrences)

To-night (15 Occurrences)

Trail (5 Occurrences)

Tarrying (9 Occurrences)

Ripe (29 Occurrences)

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