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JAHAZ (in 1 Chronicles 6:78 , Jeremiah 48:21 Jahzah ). A town at which Sihon was defeated by Israel ( Numbers 21:23 , Deuteronomy 2:32 , Judges 11:20 ). After the crossing of the Arnon, messengers were sent to Sihon from the ‘wilderness of Kedemoth’ ( Deuteronomy 2:26 ), and he ‘went out against Israel into the wilderness and came to Jahaz’ ( Numbers 21:23 ). Jahaz is mentioned in connexion with Kedemoth ( Joshua 13:18 ; Joshua 21:36 ). These passages indicate a position for Jahaz in the S. E. portion of Sihon’s territory. Jahaz was one of the Levite cities of Reuben belonging to the children of Merari ( Joshua 13:18 ; Joshua 21:36 (see note in RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] ], 1 Chronicles 6:78 ). According to the Moabite Stone (11:18 20), the king of Israel dwelt at Jahaz while at war with king Mesha, but was driven out, and the town was taken and added to Moabite territory. Isaiah ( Isaiah 15:4 ) and Jeremiah ( Jeremiah 48:21 ; Jeremiah 48:34 ) refer to it as in the possession of Moab. The site has not yet been identified.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Jahaz'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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