BAAL PERAZIM (bā'ăl pē-rā'zĭm, Heb. ba‘al perātsîm, Baal of the breaking through). A place near the Valley of Rephaim where David had a great God-given victory over the Philistines (2Sam.5.18-2Sam.5.20; 1Chr.14.9-1Chr.14.11).
BAAL-PERAZIM bāl pĭ rā’ zĭm
, possessor of breaches
or Baal of Perazim
). A name given to the place where David smote the Philistines after he was made the king of Israel (2 Sam 5:20
; 1 Chron 14:11
). David so named the place because the Lord broke (פָּרַץ
) his enemies before him there. Although the exact site is not known, two locations are suggested, both near Jerusalem. One is the modern Sheikh Bedr NW of Jerusalem; and the other is in the valley of Rephaim SW of Jerusalem.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ba-al-pe-ra’-zim, ba-al-per’-azim ba`al peratsim; Baal’pharasein, ("the lord of breakings through"): The spot in or near the Valley of Rephaim where David obtained a signal victory over the Philistines; it was higher than Jerusalem for David asked, "Shall I go up against the Philis?" (2Sa 5:20; 1Ch 14:11). The exact site is unknown, but if the Vale of Rephaim is el Beka`a, the open valley between Jerusalem and Mar Elias, then Baal-perazim would probably be the mountains to the East near what is called the "Mount of Evil Counsel" (see Jerusalem). The Mount Perazim of Isa 28:21 would appear to be the same spot.
PERAZIM (mount) pĕ rā’ zĭm (הַר־פְּרָצִים, mountain of breaches; LXX ὄρος ἀσεβω̂ν, mountain of ungodliness). A mountain mentioned by Isaiah (28:21) to illustrate God’s rising against the scoffers in Jerusalem. Perhaps it is the Baal-perazim of 2 Samuel 5:20 and 1 Chronicles 14:11.