Bible Meaning: City of forests
Strong's Concordance #H7157
The city called Kirjathjearim, in the King James Bible, is also referenced by several other names. It is called Baalah in one of its first recorded mentions (Joshua 15:9).
Kirjathjearim is labeled Kirjathbaal (Strong's #H7154 meaning "city of Baal") in Joshua 15:60 and 18:14. It is also referenced as Baale of Judah (Strong's #H1184 meaning "the masters or lords of Judah") in 2Samuel 6:2.
Additionally, the Hebrew word from which Kirjathjearim is derived (Strong's #H7157) is translated in the KJV as Kirjath in Joshua 18:28 and Kirjatharim in Ezra 2:25.
Further complicating references to the city is the fact that Kirjathjearim is the KJV Bible spelling for Kiriath-jearim found in other translations. These other translations may also use Kiriath for Kirjath, Kiriatharim for Kirjatharim and Kiriathbaal for Kirjathbaal.
Home to the Ark
Kirjathjearim was located on the border between land given to the tribe of Judah and territory given to Benjamin.
Kirjathjearim (Kiriathjearim) was given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land. It is the place where the Ark of the Covenant was moved after many of the men in Bethshemesh were killed by God for looking inside of it. The Ark stayed in the city until King David eventually moved it to Jerusalem.
And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjathjearim.
Joshua 15:9, 60
And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjathjearim . . .
Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim, and Rabbah: two cities with their villages . . .
And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD: come ye down, and fetch it up to you.
1Samuel 7:1 - 2
And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long: for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.
And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah . . .