Hearth - Heb. ah (Jer. 36:22, 23; R.V., "brazier"), meaning a large
pot like a brazier, a portable furnace in which fire was kept in the king's
Heb. kiyor (Zech. 12:6; R.V., "pan"), a fire-pan.
Heb. moqed (Ps. 102:3; R.V., "fire-brand"), properly a fagot.
Heb. yaqud (Isa. 30:14), a burning mass on a hearth.
He-ass - Heb. hamor, (Gen. 12:16), the
general designation of the donkey used for carrying burdens (Gen. 42:26)
and for ploughing (Isa. 30:24). It is described in Gen. 49:14, 2 Sam.
19:26. (See ASS.)
Heath - Heb. 'arar, (Jer. 17:6; 48:6), a
species of juniper called by the Arabs by the same name ('arar), the Juniperus
sabina or savin. "Its gloomy, stunted appearance, with its scale-like leaves
pressed close to its gnarled stem, and cropped close by the wild goats,
as it clings to the rocks about Petra, gives great force to the contrast
suggested by the prophet, between him that trusteth in man, naked and destitute,
and the man that trusteth in the Lord, flourishing as a tree planted by
the waters" (Tristram, Natural History of the Bible).
Heathen - (Heb. plural goyum). At first
the word goyim denoted generally all the nations of the world (Gen.
18:18; comp. Gal. 3:8). The Jews afterwards became a people distinguished
in a marked manner from the other goyim. They were a separate people
(Lev. 20:23; 26:14-45; Deut. 28), and the other nations, the Amorites, Hittites,
etc., were the goyim, the heathen, with whom the Jews were forbidden
to be associated in any way (Josh. 23:7; 1 Kings 11:2). The practice of
idolatry was the characteristic of these nations, and hence the word came
to designate idolaters (Ps. 106:47; Jer. 46:28; Lam. 1:3; Isa. 36:18), the
wicked (Ps. 9:5, 15, 17).
The corresponding Greek word in the New Testament, ethne, has
similar shades of meaning. In Acts 22:21, Gal. 3:14, it denotes the people
of the earth generally; and in Matt. 6:7, an idolater. In modern usage
the word denotes all nations that are strangers to revealed religion.
Heaven - (1.) Definitions. The phrase "heaven
and earth" is used to indicate the whole universe (Gen. 1:1; Jer. 23:24;
Acts 17:24). According to the Jewish notion there were three heavens,
(a) The firmament, as "fowls of the heaven" (Gen. 2:19; 7:3, 23; Ps.
8:8, etc.), "the eagles of heaven" (Lam. 4:19), etc.
(b) The starry heavens (Deut. 17:3; Jer. 8:2; Matt. 24:29).
(c) "The heaven of heavens," or "the third heaven" (Deut. 10:14; 1 Kings
8:27; Ps. 115:16; 148:4; 2 Cor. 12:2).
(2.) Meaning of words in the original,
(a) The usual Hebrew word for "heavens" is shamayim, a plural
form meaning "heights," "elevations" (Gen. 1:1; 2:1).
(b) The Hebrew word marom is also used (Ps. 68:18; 93:4; 102:19,
etc.) as equivalent to shamayim, "high places," "heights."
(c) Heb. galgal, literally a "wheel," is rendered "heaven" in Ps. 77:18
(d) Heb. shahak, rendered "sky" (Deut. 33:26; Job 37:18; Ps. 18:11),
plural "clouds" (Job 35:5; 36:28; Ps. 68:34, marg. "heavens"), means probably
(e) Heb. rakia is closely connected with (d), and is rendered "firmamentum"
in the Vulgate, whence our "firmament" (Gen. 1:6; Deut. 33:26, etc.),
regarded as a solid expanse.
(3.) Metaphorical meaning of term. Isa. 14:13, 14; "doors of heaven"
(Ps. 78:23); heaven "shut" (1 Kings 8:35); "opened" (Ezek. 1:1). (See
1 Chr. 21:16.)
(4.) Spiritual meaning. The place of the everlasting blessedness of
the righteous; the abode of departed spirits.
(a) Christ calls it his "Father's house" (John 14:2).
(b) It is called "paradise" (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 12:4; Rev. 2:7).
(c) "The heavenly Jerusalem" (Gal. 4: 26; Heb. 12:22; Rev. 3:12).
(d) The "kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 25:1; James 2:5).
(e) The "eternal kingdom" (2 Pet. 1:11).
(f) The "eternal inheritance" (1 Pet. 1:4; Heb. 9:15).
(g) The "better country" (Heb. 11:14, 16).
(h) The blessed are said to "sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,"
and to be "in Abraham's bosom" (Luke 16:22; Matt. 8:11); to "reign with
Christ" (2 Tim. 2:12); and to enjoy "rest" (Heb. 4:10, 11).
In heaven the blessedness of the righteous consists in the possession
of "life everlasting," "an eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor. 4:17), an
exemption from all sufferings for ever, a deliverance from all evils (2
Cor. 5:1, 2) and from the society of the wicked (2 Tim. 4:18), bliss without
termination, the "fulness of joy" for ever (Luke 20:36; 2 Cor. 4:16, 18;
1 Pet. 1:4; 5:10; 1 John 3:2). The believer's heaven is not only a state
of everlasting blessedness, but also a "place", a place "prepared" for
them (John 14:2).
Heave offering - Heb. terumah, (Ex. 29:27)
means simply an offering, a present, including all the offerings made by
the Israelites as a present. This Hebrew word is frequently employed. Some
of the rabbis attach to the word the meaning of elevation, and refer it
to the heave offering, which consisted in presenting the offering by a motion
up and down, distinguished from the wave offering, which consisted in a
repeated movement in a horizontal direction, a "wave offering to the Lord
as ruler of earth, a heave offering to the Lord as ruler of heaven." The
right shoulder, which fell to the priests in presenting thank offerings,
was called the heave shoulder (Lev. 7:34; Num. 6:20). The first fruits offered
in harvest-time (Num. 15:20, 21) were heave offerings.
Heber - passing over. (1.) Son of Beriah
and grandson of Asher (Gen. 46:17; 1 Chr. 7:31, 32).
(2.) The Kenite (Judg. 4:11, 17; 5:24), a descendant of Hobab. His wife
Jael received Sisera (q.v.) into her tent and then killed him.
(3.) 1 Chr. 4:18.
(4.) A Benjamite (1 Chr. 8:17).
(5.) A Gadite (5:13). (See EBER.)
Hebrew - a name applied to the Israelites
in Scripture only by one who is a foreigner (Gen. 39:14, 17; 41:12, etc.),
or by the Israelites when they speak of themselves to foreigners (40:15;
Ex. 1:19), or when spoken of an contrasted with other peoples (Gen. 43:32;
Ex. 1:3, 7, 15; Deut. 15:12). In the New Testament there is the same contrast
between Hebrews and foreigners (Acts 6:1; Phil. 3:5).
Derivation. (1.) The name is derived, according to some, from Eber (Gen.
10:24), the ancestor of Abraham. The Hebrews are "sons of Eber" (10:21).
(2.) Others trace the name of a Hebrew root-word signifying "to pass
over," and hence regard it as meaning "the man who passed over," viz.,
the Euphrates; or to the Hebrew word meaning "the region" or "country
beyond," viz., the land of Chaldea. This latter view is preferred. It
is the more probable origin of the designation given to Abraham coming
among the Canaanites as a man from beyond the Euphrates (Gen. 14:13).
(3.) A third derivation of the word has been suggested, viz., that it
is from the Hebrew word 'abhar, "to pass over," whence 'ebher,
in the sense of a "sojourner" or "passer through" as distinct from a "settler"
in the land, and thus applies to the condition of Abraham (Heb. 11:13).
Hebrew language - the language of the Hebrew
nation, and that in which the Old Testament is written, with the exception
of a few portions in Chaldee. In the Old Testament it is only spoken of
as "Jewish" (2 Kings 18:26, 28; Isa. 36:11, 13; 2 Chr 32:18). This name
is first used by the Jews in times subsequent to the close of the Old Testament.
It is one of the class of languages called Semitic, because they were
chiefly spoken among the descendants of Shem.
When Abraham entered Canaan it is obvious that he found the language
of its inhabitants closely allied to his own. Isaiah (19:18) calls it
"the language of Canaan." Whether this language, as seen in the earliest
books of the Old Testament, was the very dialect which Abraham brought
with him into Canaan, or whether it was the common tongue of the Canaanitish
nations which he only adopted, is uncertain; probably the latter opinion
is the correct one. For the thousand years between Moses and the Babylonian
exile the Hebrew language underwent little or no modification. It preserves
all through a remarkable uniformity of structure. From the first it appears
in its full maturity of development. But through intercourse with Damascus,
Assyria, and Babylon, from the time of David, and more particularly from
the period of the Exile, it comes under the influence of the Aramaic idiom,
and this is seen in the writings which date from this period. It was never
spoken in its purity by the Jews after their return from Babylon. They
now spoke Hebrew with a large admixture of Aramaic or Chaldee, which latterly
became the predominant element in the national language.
The Hebrew of the Old Testament has only about six thousand words, all
derived from about five hundred roots. Hence the same word has sometimes
a great variety of meanings. So long as it was a living language, and
for ages after, only the consonants of the words were written. This also
has been a source of difficulty in interpreting certain words, for the
meaning varies according to the vowels which may be supplied. The Hebrew
is one of the oldest languages of which we have any knowledge. It is essentially
identical with the Phoenician language. (See MOABITE STONE.) The Semitic
languages, to which class the Hebrew and Phoenician belonged, were spoken
over a very wide area: in Babylonia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine and
Arabia, in all the countries from the Mediterranean to the borders of
Assyria, and from the mountains of Armenia to the Indian Ocean. The rounded
form of the letters, as seen in the Moabite stone, was probably that in
which the ancient Hebrew was written down to the time of the Exile, when
the present square or Chaldean form was adopted.
Hebrew of the Hebrews - one whose parents
are both Hebrews (Phil. 3:5; 2 Cor. 11:22); a genuine Hebrew.
Hebrews - (Acts 6:1) were the Hebrew-speaking
Jews, as distinguished from those who spoke Greek. (See GREEKS.)
Hebrews, Epistle to - (1.) Its canonicity.
All the results of critical and historical research to which this epistle
has been specially subjected abundantly vindicate its right to a place in
the New Testament canon among the other inspired books.
(2.) Its authorship. A considerable variety of opinions on this subject
has at different times been advanced. Some have maintained that its author
was Silas, Paul's companion. Others have attributed it to Clement of Rome,
or Luke, or Barnabas, or some unknown Alexandrian Christian, or Apollos;
but the conclusion which we think is best supported, both from internal
and external evidence, is that Paul was its author. There are, no doubt,
many difficulties in the way of accepting it as Paul's; but we may at
least argue with Calvin that there can be no difficulty in the way of
"embracing it without controversy as one of the apostolical epistles."
(3.) Date and place of writing. It was in all probability written at
Rome, near the close of Paul's two years' imprisonment (Heb. 13:19,24).
It was certainly written before the destruction of Jerusalem (13:10).
(4.) To whom addressed. Plainly it was intended for Jewish converts
to the faith of the gospel, probably for the church at Jerusalem. The
subscription of this epistle is, of course, without authority. In this
case it is incorrect, for obviously Timothy could not be the bearer of
(5.) Its design was to show the true end and meaning of the Mosaic system,
and its symbolical and transient character. It proves that the Levitical
priesthood was a "shadow" of that of Christ, and that the legal sacrifices
prefigured the great and all-perfect sacrifice he offered for us. It explains
that the gospel was designed, not to modify the law of Moses, but to supersede
and abolish it. Its teaching was fitted, as it was designed, to check
that tendency to apostatize from Christianity and to return to Judaism
which now showed itself among certain Jewish Christians. The supreme authority
and the transcendent glory of the gospel are clearly set forth, and in
such a way as to strengthen and confirm their allegiance to Christ.
(6.) It consists of two parts: (a) doctrinal (1-10:18), (b) and practical
(10:19-ch. 13). There are found in it many references to portions of the
Old Testament. It may be regarded as a treatise supplementary to the Epistles
to the Romans and Galatians, and as an inspired commentary on the book
Hebron - a community; alliance. (1.) A city
in the south end of the valley of Eshcol, about midway between Jerusalem
and Beersheba, from which it is distant about 20 miles in a straight line.
It was built "seven years before Zoan in Egypt" (Gen. 13:18; Num. 13:22).
It still exists under the same name, and is one of the most ancient cities
in the world. Its earlier name was Kirjath-arba (Gen. 23:2; Josh. 14:15;
15:3). But "Hebron would appear to have been the original name of the city,
and it was not till after Abraham's stay there that it received the name
Kirjath-arba, who [i.e., Arba] was not the founder but the conqueror of
the city, having led thither the tribe of the Anakim, to which he belonged.
It retained this name till it came into the possession of Caleb, when the
Israelites restored the original name Hebron" (Keil, Com.). The name of
this city does not occur in any of the prophets or in the New Testament.
It is found about forty times in the Old. It was the favorite home of Abraham.
Here he pitched his tent under the oaks of Mamre, by which name it came
afterwards to be known; and here Sarah died, and was buried in the cave
of Machpelah (Gen. 23:17-20), which he bought from Ephron the Hittite. From
this place the patriarch departed for Egypt by way of Beersheba (37:14;
46:1). It was taken by Joshua and given to Caleb (Josh. 10:36, 37; 12:10;
14:13). It became a Levitical city and a city of refuge (20:7; 21:11). When
David became king of Judah this was his royal residence, and he resided
here for seven and a half years (2 Sam. 5:5); and here he was anointed as
king over all Israel (2 Sam. 2:1-4, 11; 1 Kings 2:11). It became the residence
also of the rebellious Absalom (2 Sam. 15:10), who probably expected to
find his chief support in the tribe of Judah, now called el-Khulil.
In one part of the modern city is a great mosque, which is built over
the grave of Machpelah. The first European who was permitted to enter
this mosque was the Prince of Wales in 1862. It was also visited by the
Marquis of Bute in 1866, and by the late Emperor Frederick of Germany
(then Crown-Prince of Prussia) in 1869.
One of the largest oaks in Palestine is found in the valley of Eshcol,
about 3 miles north of the town. It is supposed by some to be the tree
under which Abraham pitched his tent, and is called "Abraham's oak." (See
(2.) The third son of Kohath the Levite (Ex. 6:18; 1 Chr. 6:2, 18).
(3.) 1 Chr. 2:42, 43.
(4.) A town in the north border of Asher (Josh. 19:28).
Hegai - eunuch, had charge of the harem
of Ahasuerus (Esther 2:8).
Heifer - Heb. 'eglah, (Deut. 21:4, 6; Jer.
46:20). Untrained to the yoke (Hos. 10:11); giving milk (Isa. 7:21); ploughing
(Judg. 14:18); treading out grain (Jer. 50:11); unsubdued to the yoke an
emblem of Judah (Isa. 15:5; Jer. 48:34).
Heb. parah (Gen. 41:2; Num. 19:2). Bearing the yoke (Hos. 4:16); "heifers
of Bashan" (Amos 4:1), metaphorical for the voluptuous females of Samaria.
The ordinance of sacrifice of the "red heifer" described in Num. 19:1-10;
comp. Heb. 9:13.
Heir - Under the patriarchs the property
of a father was divided among the sons of his legitimate wives (Gen. 21:10;
24:36; 25:5), the eldest son getting a larger portion than the rest. The
Mosaic law made specific regulations regarding the transmission of real
property, which are given in detail in Deut. 21:17; Num. 27:8; 36:6; 27:9-11.
Succession to property was a matter of right and not of favour. Christ is
the "heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2; Col. 1:15). Believers are heirs of the
"promise," "of righteousness," "of the kingdom," "of the world," "of God,"
"joint heirs" with Christ (Gal 3:29; Heb. 6:17; 11:7; James 2:5; Rom. 4:13;
Helah - rust, (1 Chr. 4:5, 7), one of the
wives of Ashur.
Helam - place of abundance, a place on the
east of Jordan and west of the Euphrates where David gained a great victory
over the Syrian army (2 Sam. 10:16), which was under the command of Shobach.
Some would identify it with Alamatta, near Nicephorium.
Helbah - fatness, a town of the tribe of
Asher (Judg. 1:31), in the plain of Phoenicia.
Helbon - fat; i.e., "fertile", (Ezek. 27:
18 only), a place whence wine was brought to the great market of Tyre. It
has been usually identified with the modern Aleppo, called Haleb by the
native Arabs, but is more probably to be found in one of the villages in
the Wady Helbon, which is celebrated for its grapes, on the east slope of
Anti-Lebanon, north of the river Barada (Abana).
Heldai - wordly. (1.) 1 Chr. 27:15; called
also Heleb (2 Sam. 23:29); one of David's captains.
(2.) Zech. 6:10, one who returned from Babylon.
Heleb - fatness, one of David's warriors
(2 Sam. 23:29).
Heled - this world, (1 Chr. 11:30); called
Heleb (2 Sam. 23:29).
Helek - a portion, (Josh. 17:2), descended
Helem - a stroke, great-grandson of Asher
(1 Chr. 7:35).
Heleph - exchange, a city on the north border
of Naphtali (Josh. 19:33).
Helez - strong, or loin (?) (1.) One of
Judah's posterity (1 Chr. 2:39).
(2.) One of David's warriors (2 Sam. 23:26).
Heli - elevation, father of Joseph in the
line of our Lord's ancestry (Luke 3:23).
Helkai - smooth-tongued, one of the chief
priests in the time of Joiakim (Neh. 12:15).
Helkath - smoothness, a town of Asher, on
the east border (Josh. 19:25; 21:31); called also Hukok (1 Chr. 6:75).
Helkath-hazzurim - plot of the sharp
blades, or the field of heroes, (2 Sam. 2:16). After the battle of Gilboa,
so fatal to Saul and his house, David, as divinely directed, took up his
residence in Hebron, and was there anointed king over Judah. Among the
fugitives from Gilboa was Ish-bosheth, the only surviving son of Saul,
whom Abner, Saul's uncle, took across the Jordan to Mahanaim, and there
had him proclaimed king. Abner gathered all the forces at his command
and marched to Gibeon, with the object of wresting Judah from David. Joab
had the command of David's army of trained men, who encamped on the south
of the pool, which was on the east of the hill on which the town of Gibeon
was built, while Abner's army lay on the north of the pool. Abner proposed
that the conflict should be decided by twelve young men engaging in personal
combat on either side. So fiercely did they encounter each other that
"they caught every man his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in
his fellow's side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was
called Helkath-hazzurim." The combat of the champions was thus indecisive,
and there followed a severe general engagement between the two armies,
ending in the total rout of the Israelites under Abner. The general result
of this battle was that "David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house
of Saul waxed weaker and weaker" (2 Sam. 3:1). (See GIBEON.)
Hell - derived from the Saxon helan, to
cover; hence the covered or the invisible place. In Scripture there are
three words so rendered:
(1.) Sheol, occurring in the Old Testament sixty-five times. This word
sheol is derived from a root-word meaning "to ask," "demand;" hence insatiableness
(Prov. 30:15, 16). It is rendered "grave" thirty-one times (Gen. 37:35;
42:38; 44:29, 31; 1 Sam. 2:6, etc.). The Revisers have retained this rendering
in the historical books with the original word in the margin, while in
the poetical books they have reversed this rule.
In thirty-one cases in the Authorized Version this word is rendered
"hell," the place of disembodied spirits. The inhabitants of sheol are
"the congregation of the dead" (Prov. 21:16). It is (a) the abode of the
wicked (Num. 16:33; Job 24:19; Ps. 9:17; 31:17, etc.); (b) of the good
(Ps. 16:10; 30:3; 49:15; 86:13, etc.).
Sheol is described as deep (Job 11:8), dark (10:21, 22), with bars (17:16).
The dead "go down" to it (Num. 16:30, 33; Ezek. 31:15, 16, 17).
(2.) The Greek word hades of the New Testament has the same scope of
signification as sheol of the Old Testament. It is a prison (1 Pet. 3:19),
with gates and bars and locks (Matt. 16:18; Rev. 1:18), and it is downward
(Matt. 11:23; Luke 10:15).
The righteous and the wicked are separated. The blessed dead are in
that part of hades called paradise (Luke 23:43). They are also said to
be in Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22).
(3.) Gehenna, in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament,
designates the place of the lost (Matt. 23:33). The fearful nature of
their condition there is described in various figurative expressions (Matt.
8:12; 13:42; 22:13; 25:30; Luke 16:24, etc.). (See HINNOM.)
Helmet - (Heb. kob'a), a cap for the
defence of the head (1 Sam. 17:5, 38). In the New Testament the Greek
equivalent is used (Eph. 6:17; 1 Thess. 5:8). (See ARMS.)
Helon - strong, father of Eliab, who was
"captain of the children of Zebulun" (Num. 1:9; 2:7).
Help-meet - (Heb. 'ezer ke-negdo; i.e.,
"a help as his counterpart" = a help suitable to him), a wife (Gen. 2:18-20).
Helps - (1 Cor. 12:28) may refer to help
(i.e., by interpretation) given to him who speaks with tongues, or more
probably simply help which Christians can render to one another, such as
caring for the poor and needy, etc.
Hem - of a garment, the fringe of a garment.
The Jews attached much importance to these, because of the regulations in
Num. 15:38, 39. These borders or fringes were in process of time enlarged
so as to attract special notice (Matt. 23:5). The hem of Christ's garment
touched (9:20; 14:36; Luke 8:44).
Heman - faithful. (1.) 1 Kings 4:31; 1 Chr.
2:6, a son of Zerah, noted for his wisdom. (2.) Grandson of Samuel (1 Chr.
6:33; 15:17), to whom the 88th Psalm probably was inscribed. He was one
of the "seers" named in 2 Chr. 29:14, 30, and took a leading part in the
administration of the sacred services.
Hemath - a Kenite (1 Chr. 2:55), the father
of the house of Rechab.
Hemlock - (1.) Heb. rosh (Hos. 10:4; rendered
"gall" in Deut. 29:18; 32:32; Ps. 69:21; Jer. 9:15; 23:15; "poison," Job
20:16; "venom," Deut. 32:33). "Rosh is the name of some poisonous plant
which grows quickly and luxuriantly; of a bitter taste, and therefore coupled
with wormwood (Deut. 29:18; Lam. 3:19). Hence it would seem to be not the
hemlock cicuta, nor the colocynth or wild gourd, nor lolium darnel, but
the poppy so called from its heads" (Gesenius, Lex.).
(2.) Heb. la'anah, generally rendered "wormwood" (q.v.), Deut. 29:18,
Text 17; Prov. 5:4; Jer. 9:15; 23:15. Once it is rendered "hemlock" (Amos
6:12; R.V., "wormwood"). This Hebrew word is from a root meaning "to curse,"
hence the accursed.
Hen - common in later times among the Jews
in Palestine (Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:34). It is noticeable that this familiar
bird is only mentioned in these passages in connection with our Lord's lamentation
over the impenitence of Jerusalem.
Hena - one of the cities of Mesopotamia
destroyed by sennacherib (2 Kings 18:34; 19:13). It is identified with the
modern Anah, lying on the right bank of the Euphrates, not far from Sepharvaim.
Henadad - favour of Hadad, the name of a
Levite after the Captivity (Ezra 3:9).
Henoch - See ENOCH.
Hepher - a well or stream. (1.) A royal
city of the Canaanites taken by Joshua (12:17).
(2.) The youngest son of Gilead (Num. 26:32; 27:1).
(3.) The second son of Asher (1 Chr. 4:6).
(4.) One of David's heroes (1 Chr. 11:36).
Hephzibah - my delight is in her. (1.) The
wife of Hezekiah and mother of king Manasseh (2 Kings 21:1).
(2.) A symbolical name of Zion, as representing the Lord's favour toward
her (Isa. 62:4).
Herb - (1.) Heb. 'eseb, any green plant;
herbage (Gen. 1:11, 12, 29, 30; 2:5; 3:18, etc.); comprehending vegetables
and all green herbage (Amos 7:1, 2).
(2.) Yarak, green; any green thing; foliage of trees (2 Kings
19:26; Ps. 37:2); a plant; herb (Deut. 11:10).
(3.) Or, meaning "light" In Isa. 26:19 it means "green herbs;"
in 2 Kings 4:39 probably the fruit of some plant.
(4.) Merorim, plural, "bitter herbs," eaten by the Israelites
at the Passover (Ex. 12:8; Num. 9:11). They were bitter plants of various
sorts, and referred symbolically to the oppression in Egypt.
Herd - Gen. 13:5; Deut. 7:14. (See CATTLE.)
Herdsman - In Egypt herdsmen were probably
of the lowest caste. Some of Joseph's brethren were made rulers over Pharaoh's
cattle (Gen. 47:6, 17). The Israelites were known in Egypt as "keepers of
cattle;" and when they left it they took their flocks and herds with them
(Ex. 12:38). Both David and Saul came from "following the herd" to occupy
the throne (1 Sam. 9; 11:5; Ps. 78:70). David's herd-masters were among
his chief officers of state. The daughters also of wealthy chiefs were wont
to tend the flocks of the family (Gen. 29:9; Ex. 2:16). The "chief of the
herdsmen" was in the time of the monarchy an officer of high rank (1 Sam.
21:7; comp. 1 Chr. 27:29). The herdsmen lived in tents (Isa. 38:12; Jer.
6:3); and there were folds for the cattle (Num. 32:16), and watch-towers
for the herdsmen, that he might therefrom observe any coming danger (Micah
4:8; Nah. 3:8).
Heres - sun. (1.) "Mount Heres" (Judg. 1:35),
Heb. Har-heres, i.e., "sun-mountain;" probably identical with Irshemesh
in Josh. 19:41.
(2.) Isa. 19:18, marg. (See ON.)
Heresy - from a Greek word signifying (1)
a choice, (2) the opinion chosen, and (3) the sect holding the opinion.
In the Acts of the Apostles (5:17; 15:5; 24:5, 14; 26:5) it denotes a sect,
without reference to its character. Elsewhere, however, in the New Testament
it has a different meaning attached to it. Paul ranks "heresies" with crimes
and seditions (Gal. 5:20). This word also denotes divisions or schisms in
the church (1 Cor. 11:19). In Titus 3:10 a "heretical person" is one who
follows his own self-willed "questions," and who is to be avoided. Heresies
thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God (2 Pet.
Hermas - Mercury, a Roman Christian to whom
Paul sends greetings (Rom. 16: 14). Some suppose him to have been the author
of the celebrated religious romance called The Shepherd, but it is very
probable that that work is the production of a later generation.
Hermes - Mercury, a Roman Christian (Rom.
Hermogenes - Mercury-born, at one time Paul's
fellow-labourer in Asia Minor, who, however, afterwards abandoned him, along
with one Phygellus, probably on account of the perils by which they were
beset (2 Tim. 1:15).
Hermon - a peak, the eastern prolongation
of the Anti-Lebanon range, reaching to the height of about 9,200 feet above
the Mediterranean. It marks the north boundary of Palestine (Deut. 3:8,
4:48; Josh. 11:3, 17; 13:11; 12:1), and is seen from a great distance. It
is about 40 miles north of the Sea of Galilee. It is called "the Hermonites"
(Ps. 42:6) because it has more than one summit. The Sidonians called it
Sirion, and the Amorites Shenir (Deut. 3:9; Cant. 4:8). It is also called
Baal-hermon (Judg. 3:3; 1 Chr. 5:23) and Sion (Deut. 4:48). There is every
probability that one of its three summits was the scene of the transfiguration
(q.v.). The "dew of Hermon" is referred to (Ps. 89: 12). Its modern name
is Jebel-esh-Sheikh, "the chief mountain." It is one of the most conspicuous
mountains in Palestine or Syria. "In whatever part of Palestine the Israelite
turned his eye northward, Hermon was there, terminating the view. From the
plain along the coast, from the Jordan valley, from the heights of Moab
and Gilead, from the plateau of Bashan, the pale, blue, snow-capped cone
forms the one feature in the northern horizon."
Our Lord and his disciples climbed this "high mountain apart" one day,
and remained on its summit all night, "weary after their long and toilsome
ascent." During the night "he was transfigured before them; and his face
did shine as the sun." The next day they descended to Caesarea Philippi.
Hermonites, the - (Ps. 42:6, 7) = "the Hermons",
i.e., the three peaks or summits of Hermon, which are about a quarter of
a mile apart.
Herod Agrippa I. - son of Aristobulus and
Bernice, and grandson of Herod the Great. He was made tetrarch of the provinces
formerly held by Lysanias II., and ultimately possessed the entire kingdom
of his grandfather, Herod the Great, with the title of king. He put the
apostle James the elder to death, and cast Peter into prison (Luke 3:1;
Acts 12:1-19). On the second day of a festival held in honour of the emperor
Claudius, he appeared in the great theatre of Caesarea. "The king came in
clothed in magnificent robes, of which silver was the costly brilliant material.
It was early in the day, and the sun's rays fell on the king, so that the
eyes of the beholders were dazzled with the brightness which surrounded
him. Voices here and there from the crowd exclaimed that it was the apparition
of something divine. And when he spoke and made an oration to them, they
gave a shout, saying, 'It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.' But
in the midst of this idolatrous ostentation an angel of God suddenly smote
him. He was carried out of the theatre a dying man." He died (A.D. 44) of
the same loathsome malady which slew his grandfather (Acts. 12:21-23), in
the fifty-fourth year of his age, having reigned four years as tetrarch
and three as king over the whole of Palestine. After his death his kingdom
came under the control of the prefect of Syria, and Palestine was now fully
incorporated with the empire.
Herod Antipas - Herod's son by Malthace
(Matt. 14:1; Luke 3:1, 19; 9:7; Acts 13:1). (See ANTIPAS.)
Herod Archelaus - (Matt. 2:22), the brother
of Antipas (q.v.).
Herod Arippa II. - the son of Herod Agrippa
I. and Cypros. The emperor Claudius made him tetrarch of the provinces of
Philip and Lysanias, with the title of king (Acts 25:13; 26:2, 7). He enlarged
the city of Caesarea Philippi, and called it Neronias, in honour of Nero.
It was before him and his sister that Paul made his defence at Caesarea
(Acts 25:12-27). He died at Rome A.D. 100, in the third year of the emperor
Herodians - a Jewish political party who
sympathized with (Mark 3:6; 12:13; Matt, 22:16; Luke 20:20) the Herodian
rulers in their general policy of government, and in the social customs
which they introduced from Rome. They were at one with the Sadducees in
holding the duty of submission to Rome, and of supporting the Herods on
the throne. (Comp. Mark 8:15; Matt. 16:6.)
Herodias - (Matt. 14:3-11; Mark 6:17-28;
Luke 3:19), the daughter of Aristobulus and Bernice. While residing at Rome
with her husband Herod Philip I. and her daughter, Herod Antipas fell in
with her during one of his journeys to that city. She consented to leave
her husband and become his wife. Some time after, Herod met John the Baptist,
who boldly declared the marriage to be unlawful. For this he was "cast into
prison," in the castle probably of Machaerus (q.v.), and was there subsequently
Herodion - a Christian at Rome whom Paul
salutes and calls his "kinsman" (Rom. 16:11).
Herod Philip I. - (Mark 6:17), the son of
Herod the Great by Mariamne, the daughter of Simon, the high priest. He
is distinguished from another Philip called "the tetrarch." He lived at
Rome as a private person with his wife Herodias and his daughter Salome.
Herod Philip II. - the son of Herod the
Great and Cleopatra of Jerusalem. He was "tetrarch" of Batanea, Iturea,
Trachonitis, and Auranitis. He rebuilt the city of Caesarea Philippi, calling
it by his own name to distinguish it from the Caesarea on the sea-coast
which was the seat of the Roman government. He married Salome, the daughter
of Herodias (Matt. 16:13; Mark 8:27; Luke 3:1).
Herod the Great - (Matt. 2:1-22; Luke 1:5;
Acts 23:35), the son of Antipater, an Idumaean, and Cypros, an Arabian of
noble descent. In the year B.C. 47 Julius Caesar made Antipater, a "wily
Idumaean," procurator of Judea, who divided his territories between his
four sons, Galilee falling to the lot of Herod, who was afterwards appointed
tetrarch of Judea by Mark Antony (B.C. 40), and also king of Judea by the
He was of a stern and cruel disposition. "He was brutish and a stranger
to all humanity." Alarmed by the tidings of one "born King of the Jews,"
he sent forth and "slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in
all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under" (Matt. 2:16). He
was fond of splendour, and lavished great sums in rebuilding and adorning
the cities of his empire. He rebuilt the city of Caesarea (q.v.) on the
coast, and also the city of Samaria (q.v.), which he called Sebaste, in
honour of Augustus. He restored the ruined temple of Jerusalem, a work
which was begun B.C. 20, but was not finished till after Herod's death,
probably not till about A.D. 50 (John 2:20). After a troubled reign of
thirty-seven years, he died at Jericho amid great agonies both of body
and mind, B.C. 4, i.e., according to the common chronology, in the year
in which Jesus was born.
After his death his kingdom was divided among three of his sons. Of
these, Philip had the land east of Jordan, between Caesarea Philippi and
Bethabara, Antipas had Galilee and Peraea, while Archelaus had Judea and
Heron - (Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18), ranked
among the unclean birds. The Hebrew name is 'anaphah, and indicates
that the bird so named is remarkable for its angry disposition. "The herons
are wading-birds, peculiarly irritable, remarkable for their voracity, frequenting
marshes and oozy rivers, and spread over the regions of the East." The Ardea
russeta, or little golden egret, is the commonest species in Asia.
Heshbon - intelligence, a city ruled over
by Sihon, king of the Amorites (Josh. 3:10; 13:17). It was taken by Moses
(Num. 21:23-26), and became afterwards a Levitical city (Josh. 21:39) in
the tribe of Reuben (Num. 32:37). After the Exile it was taken possession
of by the Moabites (Isa. 15:4; Jer. 48:2, 34, 45). The ruins of this town
are still seen about 20 miles east of Jordan from the north end of the Dead
Sea. There are reservoirs in this district, which are probably the "fishpools"
referred to in Cant. 7:4.
Heshmon - fatness, a town in the south of
Judah (Josh. 15:27).
Heth - dread, a descendant of Canaan, and
the ancestor of the Hittites (Gen. 10:18; Deut. 7:1), who dwelt in the vicinity
of Hebron (Gen. 23:3, 7). The Hittites were a Hamitic race. They are called
"the sons of Heth" (Gen. 23:3, 5, 7, 10, 16, 18, 20).
Hethlon - wrapped up, a place on the north
border of Palestine. The "way of Hethlon" (Ezek. 47:15; 48:1) is probably
the pass at the end of Lebanon from the Mediterranean to the great plain
of Hamath (q.v.), or the "entrance of Hamath."
Hezekiah - whom Jehovah has strengthened.
(1.) Son of Ahaz (2 Kings 18:1; 2 Chr. 29:1), whom he succeeded on the throne
of the kingdom of Judah. He reigned twenty-nine years (B.C. 726-697). The
history of this king is contained in 2 Kings 18:20, Isa. 36-39, and 2 Chr.
29-32. He is spoken of as a great and good king. In public life he followed
the example of his great-granfather Uzziah. He set himself to abolish idolatry
from his kingdom, and among other things which he did for this end, he destroyed
the "brazen serpent," which had been removed to Jerusalem, and had become
an object of idolatrous worship (Num. 21:9). A great reformation was wrought
in the kingdom of Judah in his day (2 Kings 18:4; 2 Chr. 29:3-36).
On the death of Sargon and the accession of his son Sennacherib to the
throne of Assyria, Hezekiah refused to pay the tribute which his father
had paid, and "rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not,"
but entered into a league with Egypt (Isa. 30; 31; 36:6-9). This led to
the invasion of Judah by Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:13-16), who took forty
cities, and besieged Jerusalem with mounds. Hezekiah yielded to the demands
of the Assyrian king, and agreed to pay him three hundred talents of silver
and thirty of gold (18:14).
But Sennacherib dealt treacherously with Hezekiah (Isa. 33:1), and a
second time within two years invaded his kingdom (2 Kings 18:17; 2 Chr.
32:9; Isa. 36). This invasion issued in the destruction of Sennacherib's
army. Hezekiah prayed to God, and "that night the angel of the Lord went
out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000 men." Sennacherib
fled with the shattered remnant of his forces to Nineveh, where, seventeen
years after, he was assassinated by his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer
(2 Kings 19:37). (See SENNACHERIB.)
The narrative of Hezekiah's sickness and miraculous recovery is found
in 2 Kings 20:1, 2 Chr. 32:24, Isa. 38:1. Various ambassadors came to
congratulate him on his recovery, and among them Merodach-baladan, the
viceroy of Babylon (2 Chr. 32:23; 2 Kings 20:12). He closed his days in
peace and prosperity, and was succeeded by his son Manasseh. He was buried
in the "chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David" (2 Chr. 32:27-33).
He had "after him none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any
that were before him" (2 Kings 18:5). (See ISAIAH.)
Hezion - vision, the father of Tabrimon,
and grandfather of Ben-hadad, king of Syria (1 Kings 15:18).
Hezir - swine or strong. (1.) The head of
the seventeenth course of the priests (1 Chr. 24:15). (2.) Neh. 10:20, one
who sealed Nehemiah's covenant.
Hezro - a Carmelite, one of David's warriors
(1 Chr. 11:37).
Hezron - enclosed. (1.) One of the sons
of Reuben (Gen. 46:9; Ex. 6:14). (2.) The older of the two sons of Pharez
(Gen. 46:12). (3.) A plain in the south of Judah, west of Kadesh-barnea
Hiddai - rejoicing of Jehovah, one of David's
thirty-seven guards (2 Sam. 23:30).
Hiddekel - called by the Accadians id Idikla;
i.e., "the river of Idikla", the third of the four rivers of Paradise (Gen.
2:14). Gesenius interprets the word as meaning "the rapid Tigris." The Tigris
rises in the mountains of Armenia, 15 miles south of the source of the Euphrates,
which, after pursuing a south-east course, it joins at Kurnah, about 50
miles above Bassorah. Its whole length is about 1,150 miles.
Hiel - life of (i.e., from) God, a native
of Bethel, who built (i.e., fortified) Jericho some seven hundred years
after its destruction by the Israelites. There fell on him for such an act
the imprecation of Joshua (6:26). He laid the foundation in his first-born,
and set up the gates in his youngest son (1 Kings 16:34), i.e., during the
progress of the work all his children died.
Hierapolis - sacred city, a city of Phrygia,
where was a Christian church under the care of Epaphras (Col. 4:12, 13).
This church was founded at the same time as that of Colosse. It now bears
the name of Pambuk-Kalek, i.e., "Cotton Castle", from the white appearance
of the cliffs at the base of which the ruins are found.
Higgaion - in Ps. 92:3 means the murmuring
tone of the harp. In Ps. 9:16 it is a musical sign, denoting probably a
pause in the instrumental interlude. In Ps. 19:14 the word is rendered "meditation;"
and in Lam. 3:62, "device" (R.V., "imagination").
High place - an eminence, natural or artificial,
where worship by sacrifice or offerings was made (1 Kings 13:32; 2 Kings
17:29). The first altar after the Flood was built on a mountain (Gen. 8:20).
Abraham also built an altar on a mountain (12:7, 8). It was on a mountain
in Gilead that Laban and Jacob offered sacrifices (31:54). After the Israelites
entered the Promised Land they were strictly enjoined to overthrow the high
places of the Canaanites (Ex. 34:13; Deut. 7:5; 12:2, 3), and they were
forbidden to worship the Lord on high places (Deut. 12:11-14), and were
enjoined to use but one altar for sacrifices (Lev. 17:3, 4; Deut. 12; 16:21).
The injunction against high places was, however, very imperfectly obeyed,
and we find again and again mention made of them (2 Kings 14:4; 15:4, 35:2
Chr. 15:17, etc.).
High priest - Aaron was the first who was
solemnly set apart to this office (Ex. 29:7; 30:23; Lev. 8:12). He wore
a peculiar dress, which on his death passed to his successor in office (Ex.
29:29, 30). Besides those garments which he wore in common with all priests,
there were four that were peculiar to himself as high priest:
(1.) The "robe" of the ephod, all of blue, of "woven work," worn immediately
under the ephod. It was without seam or sleeves. The hem or skirt was
ornamented with pomegranates and golden bells, seventy-two of each in
alternate order. The sounding of the bells intimated to the people in
the outer court the time when the high priest entered into the holy place
to burn incense before the Lord (Ex. 28).
(2.) The "ephod" consisted of two parts, one of which covered the back
and the other the breast, which were united by the "curious girdle." It
was made of fine twined linen, and ornamented with gold and purple. Each
of the shoulder-straps was adorned with a precious stone, on which the
names of the twelve tribes were engraved. This was the high priest's distinctive
vestment (1 Sam. 2:28; 14:3; 21:9; 23:6, 9; 30:7).
(3.) The "breastplate of judgment" (Ex. 28:6-12, 25-28; 39:2-7) of "cunning
work." It was a piece of cloth doubled, of one span square. It bore twelve
precious stones, set in four rows of three in a row, which constituted
the Urim and Thummim (q.v.). These stones had the names of the twelve
tribes engraved on them. When the high priest, clothed with the ephod
and the breastplate, inquired of the Lord, answers were given in some
mysterious way by the Urim and Thummim (1 Sam. 14:3, 18, 19; 23:2, 4,
9, 11,12; 28:6; 2 Sam. 5:23).
(4.) The "mitre," or upper turban, a twisted band of eight yards of
fine linen coiled into a cap, with a gold plate in front, engraved with
"Holiness to the Lord," fastened to it by a ribbon of blue.
To the high priest alone it was permitted to enter the holy of holies,
which he did only once a year, on the great Day of Atonement, for "the
way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest" (Heb. 9; 10). Wearing
his gorgeous priestly vestments, he entered the temple before all the
people, and then, laying them aside and assuming only his linen garments
in secret, he entered the holy of holies alone, and made expiation, sprinkling
the blood of the sin offering on the mercy seat, and offering up incense.
Then resuming his splendid robes, he reappeared before the people (Lev.
16). Thus the wearing of these robes came to be identified with the Day
The office, dress, and ministration of the high priest were typical
of the priesthood of our Lord (Heb. 4:14; 7:25; 9:12, etc.).
It is supposed that there were in all eighty-three high priests, beginning
with Aaron (B.C. 1657) and ending with Phannias (A.D. 70). At its first
institution the office of high priest was held for life (but comp. 1 Kings
2:27), and was hereditary in the family of Aaron (Num. 3:10). The office
continued in the line of Eleazar, Aaron's eldest son, for two hundred
and ninety-six years, when it passed to Eli, the first of the line of
Ithamar, who was the fourth son of Aaron. In this line it continued to
Abiathar, whom Solomon deposed, and appointed Zadok, of the family of
Eleazar, in his stead (1 Kings 2:35), in which it remained till the time
of the Captivity. After the Return, Joshua, the son of Josedek, of the
family of Eleazar, was appointed to this office. After him the succession
was changed from time to time under priestly or political influences.
Highway - a raised road for public use.
Such roads were not found in Palestine; hence the force of the language
used to describe the return of the captives and the advent of the Messiah
(Isa. 11:16; 35:8; 40:3; 62:10) under the figure of the preparation of a
grand thoroughfare for their march.
During their possession of Palestine the Romans constructed several
important highways, as they did in all countries which they ruled.
Hilkiah - portion of Jehovah. (1.) 1 Chr.
6:54. (2.) 1 Chr. 26:11. (3.) The father of Eliakim (2 Kings 18:18, 26,
37). (4.) The father of Gemariah (Jer. 29:3). (5.) The father of the prophet
(6.) The high priest in the reign of Josiah (1 Chr. 6:13; Ezra 7:1).
To him and his deputy (2 Kings 23:5), along with the ordinary priests
and the Levites who had charge of the gates, was entrusted the purification
of the temple in Jerusalem. While this was in progress, he discovered
in some hidden corner of the building a book called the "book of the law"
(2 Kings 22:8) and the "book of the covenant" (23:2). Some have supposed
that this "book" was nothing else than the original autograph copy of
the Pentateuch written by Moses (Deut. 31:9-26). This remarkable discovery
occurred in the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign (B.C. 624), a discovery
which permanently affected the whole subsequent history of Israel. (See
(7.) Neh. 12:7. (8.) Neh. 8:4.
Hill - (1.) Heb. gib'eah, a curved or rounded
hill, such as are common to Palestine (Ps. 65:12; 72:3; 114:4, 6).
(2.) Heb. har, properly a mountain range rather than an individual eminence
(Ex. 24:4, 12, 13, 18; Num. 14:40, 44, 45). In Deut. 1:7, Josh. 9:1; 10:40;
11:16, it denotes the elevated district of Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim,
which forms the watershed between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea.
(3.) Heb. ma'aleh in 1 Sam. 9:11. Authorized Version "hill" is correctly
rendered in the Revised Version "ascent."
(4.) In Luke 9:37 the "hill" is the Mount of Transfiguration.
Hillel - praising, a Pirathonite, father
of the judge Abdon (Judg. 12:13, 15).
Hill of Evil Counsel - on the south of the
Valley of Hinnom. It is so called from a tradition that the house of the
high priest Caiaphas, when the rulers of the Jews resolved to put Christ
to death, stood here.
Hind - Heb. 'ayalah (2 Sam. 22:34; Ps. 18:33,
etc.) and 'ayeleth (Ps. 22, title), the female of the hart or stag. It is
referred to as an emblem of activity (Gen. 49:21), gentleness (Prov. 5:19),
feminine modesty (Cant. 2:7; 3:5), earnest longing (Ps. 42:1), timidity
(Ps. 29:9). In the title of Ps. 22, the word probably refers to some tune
bearing that name.
Hinge - (Heb. tsir), that on which a door
revolves. "Doors in the East turn rather on pivots than on what we term
hinges. In Syria, and especially in the Hauran, there are many ancient doors,
consisting of stone slabs with pivots carved out of the same piece inserted
in sockets above and below, and fixed during the building of the house"
Hinnom - a deep, narrow ravine separating
Mount Zion from the so-called "Hill of Evil Counsel." It took its name from
"some ancient hero, the son of Hinnom." It is first mentioned in Josh. 15:8.
It had been the place where the idolatrous Jews burned their children alive
to Moloch and Baal. A particular part of the valley was called Tophet, or
the "fire-stove," where the children were burned. After the Exile, in order
to show their abhorrence of the locality, the Jews made this valley the
receptacle of the offal of the city, for the destruction of which a fire
was, as is supposed, kept constantly burning there.
The Jews associated with this valley these two ideas, (1) that of the
sufferings of the victims that had there been sacrificed; and (2) that
of filth and corruption. It became thus to the popular mind a symbol of
the abode of the wicked hereafter. It came to signify hell as the place
of the wicked. "It might be shown by infinite examples that the Jews expressed
hell, or the place of the damned, by this word. The word Gehenna [the
Greek contraction of Hinnom] was never used in the time of Christ in any
other sense than to denote the place of future punishment." About this
fact there can be no question. In this sense the word is used eleven times
in our Lord's discourses (Matt. 23:33; Luke 12:5; Matt. 5:22, etc.).
Hiram - high-born. (1.) Generally "Huram,"
one of the sons of Bela (1 Chr. 8:5).
(2.) Also "Huram" and "Horam," king of Tyre. He entered into an alliance
with David, and assisted him in building his palace by sending him able
workmen, and also cedar-trees and fir-trees from Lebanon (2 Sam. 5:11;
1 Chr. 14:1). After the death of David he entered into a similar alliance
with Solomon, and assisted him greatly in building the temple (1 Kings
5:1; 9:11; 2 Chr. 2:3). He also took part in Solomon's traffic to the
Eastern Seas (1 Kings 9:27; 10:11; 2 Chr. 8:18; 9:10).
(3.) The "master workman" whom Hiram sent to Solomon. He was the son
of a widow of Dan, and of a Tyrian father. In 2 Chr. 2:13 "Huram my father"
should be Huram Abi, the word "Abi" (rendered here "my father") being
regarded as a proper name, or it may perhaps be a title of distinction
given to Huram, and equivalent to "master." (Comp. 1 Kings 7:14; 2 Chr.
4:16.) He cast the magnificent brazen works for Solomon's temple in clay-beds
in the valley of Jordan, between Succoth and Zarthan.
Hireling - a labourer employed on hire for
a limited time (Job 7:1; 14:6; Mark 1:20). His wages were paid as soon as
his work was over (Lev. 19:13). In the time of our Lord a day's wage was
a "penny" (q.v.) i.e., a Roman denarius (Matt. 20:1-14).
Hiss - to express contempt (Job 27:23).
The destruction of the temple is thus spoken of (1 Kings 9:8). Zechariah
(10:8) speaks of the Lord gathering the house of Judah as it were with a
hiss: "I will hiss for them." This expression may be "derived from the noise
made to attract bees in hiving, or from the sound naturally made to attract
a person's attention."
Hittites - Palestine and Syria appear to
have been originally inhabited by three different tribes. (1.) The Semites,
living on the east of the isthmus of Suez. They were nomadic and pastoral
tribes. (2.) The Phoenicians, who were merchants and traders; and (3.) the
Hittites, who were the warlike element of this confederation of tribes.
They inhabited the whole region between the Euphrates and Damascus, their
chief cities being Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Kadesh, now Tell Neby
Mendeh, in the Orontes valley, about six miles south of the Lake of Homs.
These Hittites seem to have risen to great power as a nation, as for a long
time they were formidable rivals of the Egyptian and Assyrian empires. In
the book of Joshua they always appear as the dominant race to the north
Somewhere about the twenty-third century B.C. the Syrian confederation,
led probably by the Hittites, arched against Lower Egypt, which they took
possession of, making Zoan their capital. Their rulers were the Hyksos,
or shepherd kings. They were at length finally driven out of Egypt. Rameses
II. sought vengeance against the "vile Kheta," as he called them, and
encountered and defeated them in the great battle of Kadesh, four centuries
after Abraham. (See JOSHUA.)
They are first referred to in Scripture in the history of Abraham, who
bought from Ephron the Hittite the field and the cave of Machpelah (Gen.
15:20: 23:3-18). They were then settled at Kirjath-arba. From this tribe
Esau took his first two wives (26:34; 36:2).
They are afterwards mentioned in the usual way among the inhabitants
of the Promised Land (Ex. 23:28). They were closely allied to the Amorites,
and are frequently mentioned along with them as inhabiting the mountains
of Palestine. When the spies entered the land they seem to have occupied
with the Amorites the mountain region of Judah (Num. 13:29). They took
part with the other Canaanites against the Israelites (Josh. 9:1; 11:3).
After this there are few references to them in Scripture. Mention is
made of "Ahimelech the Hittite" (1 Sam. 26:6), and of "Uriah the Hittite,"
one of David's chief officers (2 Sam. 23:39; 1 Chr. 11:41). In the days
of Solomon they were a powerful confederation in the north of Syria, and
were ruled by "kings." They are met with after the Exile still a distinct
people (Ezra 9:1; comp. Neh. 13:23-28).
The Hebrew merchants exported horses from Egypt not only for the kings
of Israel, but also for the Hittites (1 Kings 10:28, 29). From the Egyptian
monuments we learn that "the Hittites were a people with yellow skins
and 'Mongoloid' features, whose receding foreheads, oblique eyes, and
protruding upper jaws are represented as faithfully on their own monuments
as they are on those of Egypt, so that we cannot accuse the Egyptian artists
of caricaturing their enemies. The Amorites, on the contrary, were a tall
and handsome people. They are depicted with white skins, blue eyes, and
reddish hair, all the characteristics, in fact, of the white race" (Sayce's
The Hittites). The original seat of the Hittite tribes was the mountain
ranges of Taurus. They belonged to Asia Minor, and not to Syria.
Hivites - one of the original tribes scattered
over Palestine, from Hermon to Gibeon in the south. The name is interpreted
as "midlanders" or "villagers" (Gen. 10:17; 1 Chr. 1:15). They were probably
a branch of the Hittites. At the time of Jacob's return to Canaan, Hamor
the Hivite was the "prince of the land" (Gen. 24:2-28).
They are next mentioned during the Conquest (Josh. 9:7; 11:19). They
principally inhabited the northern confines of Western Palestine (Josh.
11:3; Judg. 3:3). A remnant of them still existed in the time of Solomon
(1 Kings 9:20).
Hizkiah - an ancestor of the prophet Zephaniah
Hizkijah - (Neh. 10:17), one who sealed
Hobab - beloved, the Kenite, has been usually
identified with Jethro (q.v.), Ex. 18:5, 27; comp. Num. 10:29, 30. In Judg.
4:11, the word rendered "father-in-law" means properly any male relative
by marriage (comp. Gen. 19:14, "son-in-law," A.V.), and should be rendered
"brother-in-law," as in the R.V. His descendants followed Israel to Canaan
(Num. 10:29), and at first pitched their tents near Jericho, but afterwards
settled in the south in the borders of Arad (Judg. 1:8-11, 16).
Hobah - hiding-place, a place to the north
of Damascus, to which Abraham pursued Chedorlaomer and his confederates