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Bible Meaning: Winding
Strong's Concordance #H6860

Ziglag was given to the tribe of Simeon (whose land was within Judah's) as an inheritance in the Promised Land (Joshua 19:1, 5). It was never conquered, however, by Israel and was controlled by the Philistines until the time of David.

Location of Ziklag in Ancient Israel Map

Achish, king of the Philistine city of Gath, gave Ziglag to David as a place for him to live (1Samuel 27:5 - 6, 2Samuel 1:1). David soon made it a place where he could gather an army and make raids against the Amalekites.

The Amalekites respond, while David is absent from Ziglag, by conquering the city and burning it to the ground. They also take his family as hostage. When David discovers what has happened, he undertakes a daring raid on the Amalekites where he rescues the captives (1Samuel 30).

Some of the Jews who returned to Judah from Babylonian captivity, at the time of Nehemiah, settled in Ziglag (Nehemiah 11:28).

Important verses

Joshua 19:1, 5
And the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families . . . And Ziklag, and Bethmarcaboth, and Hazarsusah . . .

1Samuel 27:5 - 6
And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?

Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day.

1Samuel 30:1, 13 - 14, 26
And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire . . .

And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.

We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb: and we burned Ziklag with fire . . .

And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD . . .

2Samuel 1:1
Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag . . .

2Samuel 4:10
When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings . . .

1Chronicles 12:1
Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

Nehemiah 11:25, 28
And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba . . . And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof . . .

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