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Bible Meaning: Joining, united
Strong's Concordance #H2249

The Habor River is the largest tributary within modern day Syria that feeds the mighty Euphrates River. During part of Old Testament history the river, now called Khabur, was controlled by the Assyrian Empire.

The Assyrians, during their conquest of the Kingdom of Israel, took the majority of Israelites out of the land. They resettled them near the Habor River in places like Gozan and in other locations within the empire like Halah and Media. The majority of the resettlement communities were between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers or east of the Tigris in Media.

Important Verses

2Kings 17:6
In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

2Kings 18:9, 11
And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it . . .

And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes . . .

Location of Habor River where Israelites taken captive Map
Location of Habor

1Chronicles 5:25 - 26
And they (Israel) transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the Gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.

And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.

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