2. The name of a family or of a fortress at Shechem; in the latter case, the "house of Millo" would mean the garrison of that fortress, Jg 9:6.
(Heb always with the article, "the" Millo). (1.) Probably the Canaanite name of some fortification, consisting of walls filled in with earth and stones, which protected Jerusalem on the north as its outermost defence. It is always rendered Akra i.e., "the citadel", in the LXX. It was already existing when David conquered Jerusalem (2Sa 5:9). He extended it to the right and left, thus completing the defence of the city. It was rebuilt by Solomon (1Ki 9:15,24; 11:27) and repaired by Hezekiah (2Ch 32:5).
Hebrew "THE Millo." On taking the Jehusites' citadel David "built the city (Jerusalem) from the Millo round about" (2Sa 5:9; 1Ch 11:8). Solomon raised his levy to repair Millo (1Ki 9:15,24; 11:27). So Hezekiah (2Ch 32:5). It was part of "the city of David". (See JERUSALEM.) Septuagint translated Millo "the citadel." Probably an aboriginal term adopted by Israel. Near the Tyropoeon valley, dividing Jerusalem (2Ki 12:20). Probably a tower; for in Jg 9:6,46,49 Millo is interchanged with Migdal, "a tower." The name may mean filling; it filled up (completed) the fortification of the city of David. On the N.W. corner of the wall, on the slope of the Tyropoeon valley, where Zion had least height and needed strengthening.
A place near Shechem (the name of which would be better rendered Beth-millo, without translating the first element ['house of Millo,' AV and RV), quite unknown, the inhabitants of which were associated in the coronation of Abimelech (Jg 9:6,20). Joash was slain at a 'Beth-millo, on the way that goeth down to Silla' (2Ki 12:20). Whether this be the same place, or whether (perhaps more likely) it was somewhere near Jerusalem, and (if so) where or what it may have been, are questions to which no answer can be given. On the 'Millo' of 2Sa 5:8; 1Ki 11:27 etc., see Jerusalem, II,
2. A part of ancient Jerusalem, though afterwards said to be 'built' by Solomon; it was repaired by Hezekiah. The name always has the article, 'the Millo.' Various sites have been suggested for it, but its locality and its form are unknown. 2Sa 5:9; 1Ki 9:15,24; 11:27; 1Ch 11:8; 2Ch 32:5. In 2Ki 12:20 Joash was slain in the 'house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla:' this may be another place, though apparently it was in Jerusalem.
(a rampart, mound) a place in ancient Jerusalem. Both name and place seem to have been already in existence when the city was taken from the Jebusites by David.
Its repair or restoration was one of the great works for which Solomon raised his "levy,"
and it formed a prominent part of the fortifications by which Hezekiah prepared for the approach of the Assyrians.
The last passage seems to show that "the Milo" was part of the "city of David," that is, of Zion. Comp.
MILLO, a part or suburb of Jerusalem. "David built round about from Millo and inward," 2Sa 5:9; that is, he built round about from the place where Millo was afterward erected by Solomon, or where more probably the senate house, or Millo of the Jebusites, had stood, which was pulled down to make room for the more sumptuous edifice of Solomon, to his own house; so that David built from Mount Zion, quite round to the opposite point. Hence, the residence of David, even in the reign of that renowned monarch, began to assume the size and splendour of a city.