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Kiriath-huzoth meaning

קרית חצות
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🔼The name Kiriath-huzoth in the Bible

The name Kiriath-huzoth occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of the city to which king Balak of Moab brought Balaam to curse Israel (Numbers 22:39). But as Balaam had already mentioned to Balak, he would speak only the words that God put in his mouth, and he ended up pronouncing four flowery oracles, the last one of which predicted the Messiah (Numbers 24:17).

🔼Etymology of the name Kiriath-huzoth

The name Kiriath-huzoth obviously consists of two elements, the first one being the same as the name Kiriath. And the name Kiriath is an older variant of the Biblical noun קריה (qiryah), meaning city. It derives of the verb קרה (qara), meaning to meet or get together:

The second part of our name comes from the plural of the noun חוץ (hus), meaning the outside or rather the street:

🔼Kiriath-huzoth meaning

For a meaning of the name Kiriath-huzoth, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read City Of Streets. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name.

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