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Rock of Escape
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Rock of Escape
Rock of Escape (סֶלַע הַמַחֲלֹקֶת‎, sela' hamachaloqeth). Also called the Rock of Division. A place where David escaped from Saul in the wilderness of Maon (1 Sam 23:28).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Rock of Escape (Place)
ROCK OF ESCAPE (PLACE) [Heb selaʿ hammaḥlĕqôt (סֶלַע הַמַּחְלְקֹות)]. A place in the wilderness of Maon where David escaped from Saul (1 Sam 23:28), often associated with Wadi el-Malaqi (Gold IDB 2: 126; Lee ISBE 2: 130). Apparently the site featured an unusual rock or cliff foundation. The major
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Sela-hammahle-koth
Sela-hammahle-koth. Cliff in the wilderness of Maon, meaning “the Rock of Escape.” Saul, in his desire to kill David, attempted to catch him in the steep-ravined mountains of Judah, where David had fled. Saul’s attentions were diverted by a Philistine raid, thus enabling David to escape (1 Sm 23:28).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Escape, Rock of
Escape, Rock of [Heb. selaʿ hammaḥleqôṯ—‘the rock of divisions’ (1 S. 23:28)]; AV SELA-HAMMAHLEKOTH; NEB DIVIDING ROCK. The place in the wilderness of Maon where Saul had to forego his pursuit of David in order to go fight the Philistines (vv 27f.). In this context the RSV rendering seems superior
Sela-hammahlekoth
Sela-hammahlekoth sē-lə-hə-mäʹlə-koth (1 S. 23:28, AV). See Escape, Rock of.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Sela-Hammahlekoth
SELA-HAMMAHLEKOTH* Cliff in the wilderness of Maon, meaning “the Rock of Escape.” Saul, in his desire to kill David, attempted to catch him in the steep-ravined mountains of Judah, where David had fled. Saul’s attentions were diverted by a Philistine raid, thus enabling David to escape (1 Sm 23:28, nlt
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Sela-Hammahlekoth
SELA-HAMMAHLEKOTH. Meaning “rock of the divisions or separations” (1 Sam 23:28), this was a cliff in the wilderness of Maon, a section of the wilderness of Judah (v. 25). It was to this place that David fled from Saul and the division between them was intensified. The RSV and NASB translations use “the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Escape, Rock of
Escape, Rock ofA place in the rocky wilderness of Maon, perhaps a cliff or rocky crag (Heb. selaʿ hammaḥlĕqôṯ), where Saul broke off his pursuit of David in order to defend Israel from Philistine aggression (1 Sam. 23:28; NRSV mg “Rock of Division”; NIV “Sela-hammohlekoth”).The narrative suggests
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Escape, Rock of
Escape, Rock of (Heb. sela˓ hammaḥleqôṯ “rock of divisions”; so JB).† A place in the wilderness of Maon—perhaps a cliff—where Saul ceased his pursuit of the outlaw David to defend Israel from the aggression of the Philistines (1 Sam. 23:28; KJV, NIV “Sela-hammahlekoth”). The RSV rendering
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Sela-Hammahlekoth
Se´la-Hammahle´koth (the cliff of escapes or of divisions), a rock or cliff in the wilderness of Maon, southeast of Hebron, the scene of one of those remarkable escapes which are so frequent in the history of Saul’s pursuit of David. 1 Sam. 23:28.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Rock of Escape
ROCK OF ESCAPE (Heb. sela˓hammaḥlqōt; “cliff of divisions”). A rock in the wilderness of Maon and the scene of one of David’s most remarkable escapes from Saul (1 Sam. 23:28). Not identified with certainty. The KJV and NIV readings for this place are transliterations of the Heb. text.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Sela-hammahlekoth
Sela-hammahlekothcliff of divisions the name of the great gorge which lies between Hachilah and Maon, south-east of Hebron. This gorge is now called the Wady Malaky. This was the scene of the interview between David and Saul mentioned in 1 Sam. 26:13. Each stood on an opposing cliff, with this deep
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Sela-Hammahlekoth
SELA-HAMMAHLEKOTH [SEE luh huh MAH luh kahth] (rock of divisions) — a cliff in the Wilderness of Judah, where David escaped from Saul (1 Sam. 23:28; the Rock of Escaping, NKJV; the Dividing Rock, REB). Scholars have identified this site with a gorge at Wadi el-Malaki, about 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast
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