A valley in which Delilah resided, not far from Zorah, and Eshtaol, Jg 16:4. In winter and spring it was the channel of a brook, flowing northwest from Judah, by the region of Dan and the Philistines, into the Mediterranean. Jerome mentions a village of Sorek in that vicinity. The same Hebrew word, translated "choice" and "noble" in Ge 49:11; Isa 5:2; Jer 2:21, its the name of a vine bearing small grapes, but very sweet and almost without seeds. This vine may have given the valley its name.
choice vine, the name of a valley, i.e., a torrent-bed, now the Wady Surar, "valley of the fertile spot," which drains the western Judean hills, and flowing by Makkedah and Jabneel, falls into the sea some eight miles south of Joppa. This was the home of Deliah, whom Samson loved (Jg 16:4).
A wady (Hebrew nachal) where dwelt Delilah (Jg 16:4). Near Gaza probably (Jg 16:21). Sorek means "a choice kind of vine" with dusky colored grapes. The Arabic now expresses a purple grade of Syria, noted for small raisins, soft minute pips, and red wine. Named from plantations of this vine; so Masrekah (Ge 36:36). Porter identifies Sorek with wady Surar (Hebrew "pebbles"), the drain of the western Judaean hills, running as a broad flat valley through the lower hills and reaching the sea at Yebneh. The valley separates the rugged mountains of the 'Arkub from the "low rolling hills" of the shephelah, beyond which is the Philistine plain. The valley of Sorek joins the great gorge which bounded Judah on the N.; at the junction lie the ruins of Bethshemesh on a knoll. On the south is Timnath, where Samson slew the lion; on the north are Sur'a and Eshu'a, the ancient Zoreah and Eshtaol. Beit Atab ("rock Etam") is two miles westward; on the N. side of the valley is a chapel dedicated to neby Samit, a name related to Samson. (See TIMNATH.)
Valley in the land of the Philistines. Jg 16:4. Identified with Wady es Surar, which has its source near BEEROTH.