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Zidonians


Zido’nians, the inhabitants of Zidon. They were among the nations of Canaan left to give the Israelites practice in the art of war, Judges 3:3, and colonies of them appear to have spread up into the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephothmaim, Josh. 13:4, 6, whence in later times they hewed cedar trees for David and Solomon. 1 Chron. 22:4. They oppressed the Israelites on their first entrance into the country, Judges 10:12, and appear to have lived a luxurious, reckless life. Judges 18:7. They were skillful in hewing timber, 1 Kings 5:6, and were employed for this purpose by Solomon. They were idolaters, and worshipped Ashtoreth as their tutelary goddess, 1 Kings 11:5, 33; 2 Kings 23:13, as well as the sun-god Baal, from whom their king was named. 1 Kings 16:31.