Bible Meaning: Heights, heights of Gilead
Strong's Concordance #H7433
The city of Ramoth-gilead (Ramothgilead or Ramoth in Gilead), located east of the Jordan River, was on a major north-south trading route known as the King's Highway.
When the Israelites received their land inheritance from God, Ramoth-gilead was within the territory given to the tribe of Gad (Joshua 20:1 - 2, 8). The town was not only designated a Levitical city but also one of Israel's six special cities of refuge (Deuteronomy 4:41 - 43).
Ramoth-gilead, during the reign of King Solomon, was made a district capital (1Kings 4:13). After Israel split, the city came under the control of the Syrians. King Ahab tried to retake the city, in 853 B.C., but was mortally wounded during the battle (1Kings 22:29 - 40). King Joram (852 to 841 B.C.), however, was later able to recapture Ramothgilead (2Kings 9:14).
When the Assyrian Empire began to invade Israel, and carry away the people as captives, one of the first cities they conquered was Ramoth-gilead (2Kings 15:29).
Deuteronomy 4:41, 43
Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising; That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbor unawares . . .
Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites: and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites: and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
Joshua 20:1 - 2, 8
The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses . . .
And on the other side Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.
1Kings 22:2 - 4, 19 - 21
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel (Ahab).
And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses . . .
And he (a prophet of the Lord named Micaiah) said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
And he (Ahaziah) went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead: and the Syrians wounded Joram.
So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria . . .)