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Bible Meaning: Weighing place, the fire of infamy I shall be weighed
Strong's Concordance #H831

Ashkelon, spelled Askelon in three Old Testament verses (Judges 1:18, 1Samuel 6:17, 2Samuel 1:20), was one of the five major cities controlled by the Philistines in the southwestern part of Canaan (Joshua 13:3). Although it was given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land, the Philistines dominated it for many years.

Samson, angered that his wedding guests had cheated in discovering the answer to a riddle he gave them, went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty men (Judges 14:17 - 19). The minor prophet Zephaniah prophesied that the city would someday be turned into pastureland (Zephaniah 2:4, 7).

Philistine Territory Map

Important verses

Judges 1:18
Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.

Judges 14:19
And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.

Jeremiah 25:20
And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod

Jeremiah 47:5
Baldness is come upon Gaza: Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

Jeremiah 47:7
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

Amos 1:8
And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

Zephaniah 2:4, 7
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up . . .

And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah: they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

Zechariah 9:5
Ashkelon shall see it, and fear: Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron: for her expectation shall be ashamed: and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

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Meaning of Biblical Names
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