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A city of the Philistines, and one of their five principalities, 1 Samuel 5:8 6:17 . It was a notable city, in the border of the Philistines nearest to Jerusalem; but its site has long been lost. It was the home of Goliath, 1 Samuel 17:4 . Compare Joshua 11:22 2 Samuel 21:19-22 . Here David sought a refuge form Saul, 1 Samuel 21:10 27:2-7 . It came under his power in the beginning of his reign over all Israel, 1 Chronicles 18:1 , and continued subject to his successors till the declension of the kingdom of Judah. Rehoboam rebuilt or fortified it, 2 Chronicles 11:8 . It was afterwards recovered by the Philistines, but Uzziah reconquered it, 2 Chronicles 26:6 . Its inhabitants were called Gittites, Joshua 13:3 ; and David had tow of them in his service, who faithfully adhered to him during the rebellion of Absalom, 2 Samuel 15:18-22 .

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These files are public domain and are a derivative of the topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Gath'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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