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Elath (ç'lath), trees, a grove, perhaps terebinth-grove. A city of Idumea, on the extremity of the eastern Gulf of the Red Sea, which is called from it Sinus Elaniticus— Elanitic Gulf, or the Gulf of Akabah. Deuteronomy 2:8; 2 Kings 14:22; 2 Kings 16:6. The Edomites being subdued, 2 Samuel 8:14, David took possession of Elath or Eloth: and after him Solomon, whose fleet sailed from the neighboring town Ezion-geber to Ophir. 1 Kings 9:26; 2 Chronicles 8:17-18. It was again recovered by the Idumeans; and once more subdued by Uzziah, king of Judah; but Rezin, king of Syria, took it at length from the Jews, who seem never again to have recovered it. The site of Elath, the Ailah and Ælana of the Greeks and Romans, now consists of nothing but extensive mounds of rubbish, near the castle and village of Akabah.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Elath'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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