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Ziklag


Zik’lag (winding), a place which possesses a special interest from its having been the residence and the private property of David. It is first mentioned in the catalogue of the towns of Judah in Josh. 15:31, and occurs, in the same connection, among the places which were allotted out of the territory of Judah to Simeon. Josh. 19:5. We next encounter it in the possession of the Philistines, 1 Sam. 27:6, when it was, at David’s request, bestowed upon him by Achish king of Gath. He resided there for a year and four months. 1 Sam. 27:6–7; 30:14, 26; 1 Chron. 12:1, 20. It was therre he received the news of Saul’s death. 2 Sam. 1:1; 4:10. He then relinquished it for Hebron. 2 Sam. 2:1. Ziklag is finally mentioned as being reinhabited by the people of Judah after their return from the captivity. Neh. 11:28. The situation of the town is difficult to determine, and we only know for certain that it was in the south country.