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Ziph


Ziph (battlement), the name of two towns in Judah.

1. In the south, named between Ithnan and Telem. Josh. 15:24. It does not appear again in the history, nor has any trace of it been met with.

2. In the highland district, named between Carmel and Juttah. Josh. 15:55. The place is immortalized by its connection with David. 1 Sam. 23:14–15, 24; 26:2. These passages show that at that time it had near it a wilderness (i.e., a waste pasture-ground) and a wood. The latter has disappeared, but the former remains. The name of Zif is found about three miles south of Hebron, attached to a rounded hill of some 100 feet in height, which is called Tell Zif.

3. Son of Jehaleleel. 1 Chron. 4:16.