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Bible Meaning: Hard, hard ground (city name)
Winding (river name)
Strong's Concordance #H7191, #H7028

Kishon (spelled Kishion in Joshua 19:20) was a Levitical city within the tribe of Isaachar's inheritance in the Promised Land (Joshua 21:28).

The Kishon River is called a brook in Psalm 83:9 where its name is spelled Kison. It drains a good portion of the valley of Jezreel as it flows west and empties into the Mediterranean Sea near Mount Carmel.

The river Kishon was where God gave Deborah and Barak victory over the forces of Sisera (Judges 4 - 5). It was also the place where Elijah had the false prophets of Baal killed after proving God was worthy of worship in his famous confrontation on Mt. Carmel (1Kings 18).

Important Verses


Joshua 19:17 - 18, 20
And the fourth lot came out to Isaachar, for the children of Isaachar according to their families. And their border was toward Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem . . . And Rabbith, and Kishion, and Abez . . .

Location of Kishon River in Ancient Israel Map
Location of Kishon River

Joshua 21:27 - 28
And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites . . . they gave . . . And out of the tribe of Isaachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs . . .


Judges 4:4, 6 - 7, 13
And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time . . .

And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?

And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude: and I will deliver him into thine hand.

And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.

Judges 5:1 - 2, 20 - 21
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves . .

They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

Psalm 83:9
Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison . . .

1Kings 18:38 - 40
Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal: let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

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