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City of Destruction

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dē̇ -struk´shun עיר ההרס , ‛ı̄r ha -hereṣ ; Septuagint Βασεδέκ , Basedék ): In his prediction of the future return of Egypt to Yahweh, Isaiah declares, "In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to Yahweh of hosts; one shall be called The city of destruction" (Isaiah 19:18 ). The name ‛ı̄r ha -hereṣ , "the city of overthrow," is evidently a play upon ‛ı̄r ha -ḥereṣ , "city of the sun," a designation of Heliopolis (same meaning; compare the name for this city, Beth-shemesh, Jeremiah 43:13 ), in Egyptian, On (Genesis 41:45 ), which last name Ezekiel, by a similar play on sound, changes into Aven. See ON. Some codices, however, as the Revised Version, margin notes, read here ‛ı̄r ha -ḥereṣ , the actual name of the city.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'City of Destruction'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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