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Eglon


Eg’lon (calf-like).

1. A king of the Moabites, Judges 3:12ff., who, aided by the Ammonites and the Amalekites, crossed the Jordan and took “the city of palm trees.” (b.c. 1359.) Here, according to Josephus, he built himself a palace, and continued for eighteen years to oppress the children of Israel, who paid him tribute. He was slain by Ehud. [Ehud.]

2. A town of Judah in the low country. Josh. 15:39. The name survives in the modern Ajlan, a shapeless mass of ruins, about 10 miles from Eleutheropolis and 14 from Gaza, on the south of the great maritime plain.