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Bible Meaning: Mound, broken
Strong's Concordance #H8396

The area around Mount Tabor was given to the tribe of Zebulun by God (1Chronicles 6:77). The mountain helped form the boundary between lands given to Zebulun, Isaachar, and Naphtali (Joshua 19:17, 22).

The army led by Barak, formed to fight Jabin and his military commander Sisera, was composed of men from Naphtali and Zebulun. After meeting at Mount Tabor, they attack the enemy, upon Deborah's command, and are victorious.

Gideon, after overcoming the Midianites, confronts two of their kings regarding their wholesale slaughter of his family members at Mount Tabor. Their cruelty toward his brothers angers him to the point that he personally kills the two men (Judges 8:18 - 21).

Important Verses

Judges 4:4, 6, 12 - 14
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 they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. 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.

Location of Mount Tabor in Ancient Israel Map

And Deborah said unto Barak, Up: for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

Judges 8:11, 18, 21
And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: for the host was secure . . .

Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they: each one resembled the children of a king . . .

1Samuel 10:3
Then shalt thou (King Saul) go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine . . .

Psalm 89:11 - 12
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.

Hosea 5:1
Hear ye this, O priests: and hearken, ye house of Israel: and give ye ear, O house of the king: for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

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