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2 Kings 18:34; 2 Kings 19:13; 2 Kings 17:24; Isaiah 37:13. Now Hit, on the Euphrates, between Sippara (Sepharvaim) and Anah (Hena), with which it was apparently united politically. Probably the Ahava of Ezra 8:15. Iva was a Babylonian god representing the sky; to it the town was sacred. Sennacherib boasts that the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah, were powerless to resist him. The Egyptian inscriptions in the time of Thothmes III, 1450 B.C., mention a town 1st, whence tribute of bitumen was brought to Thothmes. From the bitumen springs of Is, Herodotus says (i. 606) the bitumen was brought to cement the walls of Babylon. These springs are still found at Hit. From Ivah, along with Babylon, Cuthah, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, the king of Assyria (Esar-haddon) brought people to colonize Samaria.


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Ivah'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/i/ivah.html. 1949.

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