Country of two rivers
Nimrod built the cities of Babel, Erech, Accad and Calneh in the land of Shinar (Mesopotamia). Babel is the home of the famous tower where God confounded man's single language into many.
Genesis 10:10, 11:2, 14:1, 9, Isaiah 11:11, Daniel 1:2, Zechariah 5:11
Strong's #H7744, #H7770, #H7746
Shuah was one of Abraham's son through Keturah whom he married after Sarah died. The father-in-law of Judah, and Chelub's brother, are also named Shuah.
One of Job's three friends, Bildad, was from the city of Shuah (a Shuhite).
Genesis 25:2, 38:2, 12, 1Chronicles 1:32, 4:11, Job 2:11
Double resting place, quietly
Shunem was a city given to the tribe of Issachar as an inheritance in the Promised Land.
The Philistines camped at Shunem in preparation for attacking Israel's King Saul. The king, after he saw the vast enemy army, became so scared that he consulted a witch to try to contact Samuel the prophet's dead spirit! Shunem was also the location where an older couple provided a room for Elisha the prophet.
Joshua 19:18, 1Samuel 28:4, 2Kings 4:8
Shur was the name of a wilderness area east of Egypt in the northern part of the Sinai peninsula. The ancient Israelites, under Moses, passed through this location after they crossed the Red Sea.
Genesis 16:7, 20:1, 25:18, Exodus 15:22, 1Samuel 15:7, 27:8
Shushan was the capital of the Persian Empire. Queen Esther, as well as the prophets Nehemiah and Daniel, referenced the city.
Nehemiah 1:1, Esther 1:2, 5, 2:3, 5, 8, 3:15, 4:8, 16, 8:14 - 15, 9:6, 11 - 18, Daniel 8:2
Flats, field, plain
Siddim, located south of the Dead Sea, was known for its slime pits. A coalition of kings, led by Sodom's ruler, fought the powerful Chedorlaomer and his forces in the valley. Their loss at the slime pits ultimately led to Abraham becoming involved in the war. See our article on Sodom and Gomorrah for a map showing Siddim's location.
Genesis 14:3, 8, 10
Sihon was a king of the Amorites at the time Moses and the children of Israel came near the Promised land. See our article on the Amorites for more information.
Numbers 21:21 - 34, 32:33, Deuteronomy 1:4, 2:24 - 32, 3:2, 6, 4:46, 29:7, etc.
Sihor is also called Shihor in 1Chronicles 13:5.
Sihor represents the farest western boundary of the land God gave to Israel as an inheritance. Sihor might be one of the branches of the Nile River that flowed within Egypt.
Joshua 13:3, Isaiah 23:3, Jeremiah 2:18
Silas is referred to as Silvanus in some KJV New Testament verses (2Corinthians 1:19, 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2Thessalonians 1:1, 1Peter 5:12).
Silas was a Jewish Christian who was considered a prophet. He accompanied the Apostle Paul on his second evangelistic journey through Galatia and parts westward.
Acts 15:22 - 40, 16:19 - 29, 17:4 - 15, 18:5, 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2Thessalonians 1:1, 2Corinthians 1:19, 1Peter 5:12
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Heard, hearing, harkening
Strong's #H8095, #G4826
At least four men are named Simeon in the Bible. The first was Jacob's (Israel's) second son (his second through Leah). Much later, another Simeon had married a foreign wife at the time of Ezra the prophet.
In the New Testament, an elderly and pious man named Simeon (Luke 2:25 - 35) blessed Mary and Joseph, at Jerusalem's temple, when they brought baby Jesus to present him to God. A fourth Simeon, also called Niger, was considered one of several prophets and teachers that attended the Syrian Antioch church (Acts 13:1).
It should be noted that Simon Peter's name, in Acts 15:14, is spelled Simeon. All other New Testament verses spell his name Simon.
Genesis 29:33, 34:25, 30, 35:23, 42:24, 36, 43:23, 46:10, etc.
Several New Testament individuals are named Simon. One of Jesus' half-brothers was named Simon (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3). Simon was also used as another name for Peter (Matthew 4:18). One of Jesus' other disciples was referred to as Simon the Canaanite (or Simon the Zealot, Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18).
Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry Jesus' cross the remaining distance to Golgotha so that the Lord could be crucified (Matthew 27:32).
Simon the Sorcerer, also called Simon Magus, was a Samaritan who practiced the magical arts and presented himself as being someone who was "great" (Acts 8:9). Simon the tanner, who lived in Joppa, provided a room for Peter when he visited the city (Acts 9:43).
Matthew 4:18, 10:2 - 4, 13:55, 16:16 - 17, 17:25, 26:6, 27:32, Mark 1:16, 29 - 30, 36, etc.
Sin was the name of wilderness (desert) area located west of Mount Sinai and near the Red Sea in Arabia. See our article on the Sinai for a map showing this location.
Exodus 19:1, 17:1, Numbers 33:11 - 12, Ezekiel 30:15 - 16
Two men named Sisera are recorded in the Bible. One was the ancestor of slaves who had returned from exile to the land of Judah. The second, and more famous Sisera, was the army commander of Canaanite king Jabin (Judges 4:1 - 2). God allowed the king, because of Israel's sins, to oppress his people for twenty years. The Lord then raised up Deborah and Barak to defeat Sisera and free his people from oppression.
Judges 4:2 - 22, 5:20 - 30, 1Samuel 12:9, Ezra 2:53, Nehemiah 7:55, Psalm 83:9
Strong's #G4667, #G4668
Smyrna was a city located in the western part of Asia Minor in the Roman province of Asia. It was one of the seven churches of Revelation that received a spiritual evaluation directly from Jesus Christ. See our dedicated article on Smyrna for more information.
Revelation 1:11, 2:8
In the KJV Bible, Socoh can also be spelled Sochoh, Shochoh, Socho, Shoco or Shocho. Socoh was the son of Heber and a descendant of Caleb.
Socoh is also the name of two cities within the tribe of Judah's territory. Shochoh was the place near where the Philistines camped, within Judah, as they waited for Israel to send a champion to fight Goliath the Giant.
The son of Hesed, one of Solomon's twelve officers over Israel who had to provide food for the king, supervised Sochoh. Shoco was one of the many cities rebuilt and fortified by Solomon' son King Rehoboam.
Shocho was captured by the Philistines during the reign of King Ahaz. After it was taken, the Philistines repopulated the city with their own people.
Joshua 15:35, 48, 1Samuel 17:1, 1Kings 4:10, 1Chronicles 4:18, 2Chronicles 11:7, 28:18
Strong's #H8010, #G4672
Solomon was one of King David's sons through Bathsheba. After becoming king, he asked the Eternal to give him "an understanding heart" with which to rule. He was blessed with not only wisdom but also riches and honor (1Kings 3:10 - 13) unlike any king before or since! His rule ran from 970 to 930 B.C.
2Samuel 5:14, 12:24, 1Kings 1:10 - 53, 2:1 - 46, 3:1 - 15, 4:7 - 34, etc.
Safe father, savior of his father
Sopater, who lived in Berea, traveled with the Apostle Paul during his third missionary journey. Sopater accompanied the apostle on his eastward journey through Macedonia to Asia.
A vine, choice vines
Delilah, whom the Philistines used to trick Samson into divulging the secret of his strength, lived in the valley of Sorek.
savior of his father
Sosipater was a Jewish Christian who sent his greetings to Christians in Rome through Paul's letter to the Romans. Evidence suggests Sosipater may have been one of Apostle Paul's distant relatives living in Corinth when Paul wrote his letter from the city in 57 A.D.
Safe strength, savior of his nation
A man named Sosthenes is mentioned twice in Scripture. The first mention, in Acts, states that a Jew named Sosthenes was the chief ruler of a synagogue in Corinth.
The second time a Sosthenes is mentioned is in Paul's opening statement of the book of 1Corinthians. Written from Ephesus, Paul greets those in Corinth and links his greeting with Sosthenes who is with him. It is unclear whether the Sosthenes of Acts and 1Corinthians are the same person.
Acts 18:17, 1Corinthians 1:1