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Beeroth

BEEROTH (bē-ê'rŏth, Heb. be’ērôth, wells). A Canaanite town whose inhabitants succeeded in deceiving Israel by making a covenant with them (Josh.9.3ff.). When the deceit was discovered, they were made slaves by the Israelites (Josh.9.22-Josh.9.23). They were apparently Hivites (Josh.9.7), their village located in the territory assigned to Benjamin (Josh.18.25; 2Sam.4.2). The murderers of Ish-Bosheth (2Sam.4.2) and Naharai, Joab’s armor-bearer (2Sam.23.37) came from Beeroth; and Beerothites returned from Babylon after the Exile (Ezra.2.25).