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Tahpanhes (Tahapanes, Tehaphnehes)
Bible Meaning: Thou will fill hands with pity
Strong's Concordance #H8471

Tahpanhes, Tahapanes and Tehaphnehes are all derived from the same Hebrew word. They are different Biblical references to the same ancient Egyptian city.

After Jerusalem was destroyed, the prophet Jeremiah warns the people not to flee to Egypt in order to escape the king of Babylon (Jeremiah 42:9 - 22). God, he declares, has promised to protect them in Judea. If they refuse to stay in the land, however, and choose to disobey, they will then be destroyed.

Jeremiah's warnings are rejected and he is forced, along with his scribe named Baruch, to travel to Egypt with a large group of Jews. The refugees first arrive in the country at Tahpanhes (Tahapanes) on the Nile delta. Some of them eventually travel to Migdol, Noph (another name for Memphis) and other Egyptian locations.

Important Verses

Ezekiel 30:18
At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.

Location of Tahpanhes (Tahapanes) in Ancient Egypt Map
Location of Tahpanhes

Jeremiah 2:16
Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.

Jeremiah 42:15 - 16, 43:7 - 9
And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die . . .

So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: thus came they even to Tahpanhes. Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying, take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah . . .

Jeremiah 44:1
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying . . .

Jeremiah 46:14
Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Noph and in Tahpanhes: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee.

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