("ruin".) A store city of Naphtali in N. Palestine. Captured by Benhadad's captains, at Asa's request for help against Baasha, king of Israel (1Ki 15:20; 2Ch 16:4). Taken also by Tiglath Pileser (2Ki 15:29). The lovely little plain N.W. of Dan, at the foot of the hills of Naphtali, Merj Ayun, is probably the site.
A town in the north part of the mountains of Naphtali, noticed in 1Ki 15:20 (= 2Ch 16:4) as taken by Benhadad. It was also captured and depopulated by Tiglath-pileser (2Ki 15:29). The name survives in Merj 'Ay
(a ruin), a town in the north of Palestine, belonging to the tribe of Naphtali. It was taken and plundered by the captains of Ben-hadad,
and a second time by Tiglath-pileser.
It was situated a few miles northwest of the site of Dan, in a fertile and beautiful little plain called Merj' Ayun.