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Reference: Bela

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Easton

a thing swallowed.

(1.) A city on the shore of the Dead Sea, not far from Sodom, called also Zoar. It was the only one of the five cities that was spared at Lot's intercession (Ge 19:20,23). It is first mentioned in Ge 14:2,8.

(2.) The eldest son of Benjamin (Nu 26:38; "Belah," Ge 46:21).

(3.) The son of Beor, and a king of Edom (Ge 36:32-33; 1Ch 1:43).

(4.) A son of Azaz (1Ch 5:8).

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Fausets

("a swallowing up"), called so from earthquakes having affected it.

1. One of the five cities of the plain, spared at Lot's intercession, and named Zoar, "a little one" (Ge 14:2; 19:22). S.E. of the Dead Sea, on the route to Egypt, not far from where Sodom and Gomorrah stood, according to Holland, arguing from the smoke of the burning cities having been seen by Abraham from the neighborhood of Hebron, and also because if Sodom had been N. of the Dead Sea Lot would not have had time to escape to gear on the S.E. of the sea. But Grove places the cities of the plain N.W. of the Dead Sea, between Jericho and the sea, as the plain was seen by Lot from the neighborhood of Bethel.

From the hills between Bethel and Hai (Ge 13:3,10) it is impossible to see the S. of the Dead Sea. Bela is joined with Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, in Ge 14:2,8, forming a confederacy against the invading kings of Elam, Shinar, etc. Bela was probably the name of the king of Zoar, as his name alone of the five would otherwise not be given. Bela is also the name of an Edomite king (Ge 36:32). Robinson perhaps rightly identifies Bela with a ruin on the N. side of Lisan, "the tongue" of land jutting out into the Dead Sea at the S.E., between the wady Beni Hamid and the wady el Dera'ah. It was a Moabite city (Isa 15:5; Jer 48:34); De 34:3 does not prove that its site was further S., but only that Moses' eye caught no more southward town than Zoar.

2. A king of Edom, son of Beor, a Chaldean probably by birth (like Balaam also descended from Beor, and originally residing in Pethor of Aram by the Euphrates: Nu 22:5; 23:7), and reigning in Edom by conquest (Ge 36:31-39; 1Ch 1:43-51). 1Ch 1:3. Benjamin's oldest son (Ge 46:21; Nu 26:38; 1Ch 7:6; 8:1). From Gera (one house of his family) came Ehud, Israel's judge and deliverer Eglon of Moab (Jg 3:14-30). As Husham is like Bela a king of Edom, so with Bela son of Benjamin is connected a Benjamite family of Hushim, sprung from a foreign woman of Moab (1Ch 7:12; 8:8-11). 1Ch 8:4. Azaz's son, a Reubenite (1Ch 5:8). He too "in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baal Meon, eastward unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates" (1Ch 5:8-9).

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Hastings

1. A king of Edom (Ge 36:32-33, cf. 1Ch 1:43 f.). The close resemblance of this name to that of 'Balaam, the son of Beor,' the seer, is noteworthy, and has given rise to the Targum of Jonathan reading 'Balaam, the son of Beor' in Ge 36:32. 2. The eldest of the sons of Benjamin (Ge 46:21; Nu 26:38 [patronym. Belaites], 1Ch 7:6; 8:1). 3. A Renbenite who was a dweller in the Moabite territory (1Ch 5:8 f.). It is noteworthy that this Bela, like the Edomite king mentioned above, seems to have been traditionally connected with the Euphrates. 4. A name of Zoar (Ge 14:2,8).

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Morish

Be'la

1. Another name of ZOAR, a small city near the Dead Sea. Ge 14:2,8; 19:22.

2. Son of Beor and king in Edom. Ge 36:32-33; 1Ch 1:43-44.

3. Son of Azaz, of the tribe of Reuben. 1Ch 5:8.

4. Eldest son of Benjamin, and head of the family of the BELAITES. Ge 46:21 (BELAH); Nu 26:38,40; 1Ch 7:6-7; 8:1,3.

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Smith

Be'la

(destruction).

1. One of the five cities of the plain which was spared at the intercession of Lot, and received the name of Zoar,

Ge 14:2; 19:22

[ZOAR]

See Zoar

2. Son of Beor, who reigned over Edom in the city of Dinhabah, eight generations before Saul.

Ge 36:31-33; 1Ch 1:43-44

3. Eldest son of Benjamin, according to

Ge 46:21

(Authorized Version "Belah");

Nu 26:38,40; 1Ch 7:6; 8:1

and head of the family of the Belaites.

4. Son of Ahaz, a Reubenite.

1Ch 5:8

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