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Sceva
Left handed, mind reader
Strong's #G4630

Sceva's seven sons were vagabond Jews and exorcists. They foolishly attempted to cast out a demon by using Jesus' name like it was part of a magic spell. Their efforts failed miserably as the demon possessed man attacked all seven of them, causing them to flee naked and wounded!

References
Acts 19:13 - 16

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Secundus
Fortunate
Strong's #G4580

Secundus, a native of Thessalonica, traveled with the Apostle Paul during his third missionary journey. Secundus accompanied the apostle on the last leg of his evangelistic tour that took him through Macedonia to Asia.

References
Acts 20:4

Seir
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Selahammahlekoth
Rock (cliff) of the divisions, cliff of escapes
Strong's #H5555

Selahammahlekoth was a place, located in the wilderness of Maon, where David hid himself to avoid being killed by King Saul and his men.

References
1Samuel 23:28

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Seleucia
White light
Strong's #G4581

Seleucia was a coastal city of ancient Syria. Apostle Paul's first missionary journey began with him and Barnabas leaving Syrian Antioch for Seleucia.

References
Acts 13:4

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Seneh
Thorn, thorny
Strong's #H5573

Seneh was the name of a sharp rock marking the passage where Jonathan (King Saul's son) and his armorbearer had to pass in order to fight the Philistines.

References
1Samuel 14:4


Senir
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Sennacherib
The moon multiplied brothers
Strong's #H5576

Sennacherib, who ruled from 705 to 681 B.C., is the most well known Assyrian king in the Bible.

In 701, Sennacherib sends one of his generals to Jerusalem to demand the city's unconditional surrender. While camped around the city, His foolish taunts against God earned him and the 185,000 man army he led the worst military defeat in human history! Sennacherib himself was ultimately assassinated by two of his sons.

References
2Kings 18:13, 19:16, 20, 36, 2Chronicles 32:1 - 22, Isaiah 36:1, 37:17 - 37

Sergius Paulus
Earth-born, born a wonder
Strong's #G4588

Sergius, whose last name means little or small (Strong's #G3972), was the Roman governor of Cyprus during Apostle Paul's first missionary journey.

Sergius is noteworthy for two important milestones in Saul's (Paul's) life. He is the first person recorded as being converted to Christianity through the apostle's preaching. Additionally, the incident he witnessed where his advisor Bar-jesus was miraculously blinded, marks the first time Saul (his birth name) is called Paul.

References
Acts 13:7

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Serug
Branch
Strong's #H8286

Serug was the grandfather of Terah and great grandfather of the patriarch Abraham. He lived to the ripe old age of 230.

References
Genesis 11:20 - 23, 1Chronicles 1:26

Seth
Substituted, compensation
Strong's #H8352, #G4589

Seth is Adam and Eve's third son who was born after Cain killed his brother Abel. He is one of the many people Luke lists in Jesus' genealogy.

References
Genesis 4:25 - 26, 5:3 - 8, Luke 3:38

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Shadrach
Royal, the great scribe
Strong's #H7714

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were the Babylonian names of three Hebrew youths named Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. They, along with the prophet Daniel, were taken from Jerusalem into Babylonian captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C. All four of the Hebrew young men were likely made eunuchs in Babylon.

References
Daniel 1:7, 2:49, 3:12 - 30

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Shallecheth
Overthrow
Strong's #H7996

Shallecheth was the name of one of Jerusalem's gates at the time of King David.

References
1Chronicles 26:16

Shallum
Retribution
Strong's #H7967

Shallum is the name of at least fourteen Old Testament individuals.

The sixteenth person to rule over part or all of the northern Kingdom of Israel was named Shallum. In 752 B.C., after ruling only for one month, a man named Menahem murdered him and took his throne.

References
2Kings 15:10 - 15, 22:14, 1Chronicles 2:40 - 41, 3:15, 4:25, 6:12 - 13, 7:13, etc.

Shalmaneser
Fire-worshipper
Strong's #H8022

Shalmaneser was the Assyrian king who conquered Samaria, Israel's (Northern 10 Tribes of Israel) capital, in 723 B.C. He took the Israelites captive and transported them to Assyria.

References
2Kings 17:3, 18:9

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Shamir
A point, thorn
Strong's #H8069

Shamir was the son of Michah. A city named Shamir was given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land. Another city of the same name, located in Ephraim's territory, was the home of the Israelite Judge Tola who served from 1102 to 1079 B.C.

References
Joshua 15:48, Judges 10:1 - 2, 1Chronicles 24:24

Sharon
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Shaveh
Plain, level plain
Strong's #H7740

After Abraham defeated the allied forces of Chedorlaomer, in the Bible's first series of wars, he was met by the King of Sodom in the valley of Shaveh. After Sodom's king congratulates him he meets the mysterious King of Salem named Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18 - 20).

References
Genesis 14:5, 17

Shaveh Kiriathaim
Plain of the double (two) city
Strong's #H7741

Shaveh Kiriathaim was where Chedorlaomer and his forces, in the first war recorded in Scripture, defeat the Emims as they make their south on the King's Highway.

References
Genesis 14:5

Sheba
Seven, an oath
Strong's #H7614

Three men and a region in Arabia are named Sheba in Scripture. The Queen of Sheba, who traveled many miles to test King Solomon's wisdom, make have come from an area near modern-day Yemen.

References
Genesis 10:7, 28, 25:3, Joshua 19:2, 2Samuel 20:1 - 22, 1Kings 10:1 - 13, 1Chronicles 1:9, 22, 32, 5:13, etc.

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Shebna
Vigor, to grow
Strong's #H7644

Shebna was a trusted royal scribe to Judah's King Hezekiah.

References
2Kings 18:18, 26, 37, 19:2, Isaiah 22:15, 36:3, 11, 22, 37:2

Shechem
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Shem (Sem)
Name
Strong's #8035, #G4590

Shem, whose name literally means "name," is spelled Sem in the KJV New Testament (Luke 3:36).

Shem was the second oldest of Noah's three sons who survived the flood. He lived a total of 600 years and is in the lineage of Jesus Christ.

Shem holds the Biblical record for witnessing the most generations of his family. His incredibly long post-flood lifespan allowed him to see ten generations! In fact, he lived long enough to witness Abraham's 149th birthday and Isaac's 49th!

References
Genesis 5:32, 6:10, 7:13, 9:18 - 27, 10:1, 21 - 31, 11:10 - 11, 1Chronicles 1:4, 17, 24, Luke 3:36

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Shemaiah
Jah has heard, heard by Jehovah
Strong's #H8098

Shemaiah is the name of at least twenty-five individuals in the Old Testament. One of these, a prophet (2Chronicles 12:15), has his writings referenced in Scripture but not included within its pages.

References
1Kings 12:22, 1Chronicles 3:22, 4:37, 5:4, 9:14, 16, 15:8, 11, 24:6, 26:4, etc.

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Shen
Crag
Strong's #H8129

The prophet Samuel raised up a stone between Mizpeh and Shen to memorialize one of Israel's victories over the Philistines.

References
1Samuel 7:12

Shepham
Bald, bare spot
Strong's #H8221

Shepham was a city that demarked the most northeastern border of the Promised Land.

References
Numbers 34:10 - 11

Sherah
Kinswoman
Strong's #H7609

Sherah was a daughter of Ephraim, the founder of one of Israel's twelve tribes. She founded the city of Uzzensheerah (Uzzen Sheerah) and Beth Horon in Canaan.

References
1Chronicles 7:24

Shiloh
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Shimei
Renowned, famous
Strong's #H8096

Shimei is the name of at least twenty Old Testament individuals.

References
Number 3:18, 2Samuel 16:5 - 13, 19:16 - 23, 1Kings 1:8, 2:8, 36 - 44, 4:18, 1Chronicles 3:19, etc.

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