Gob

GOB (gŏb, Heb. gôv, pit, cistern). A place mentioned in 2Sam.21.18 as the scene of two of David’s battles with the Philistines. Here the brother of Goliath defied Israel but was killed by Jonathan, son of Shimei. The Septuagint calls it Gath, which is probably correct.


GOB gŏb (גֹּ֖וב, גֹּב, locusts). A town mentioned only in 2 Samuel 21:18 and 19 where David’s men twice battled the Philistines and the family of Goliath. It was presumably close to Philistine territory since Gath occurs in vv. 20 and 22. The parallel in 1 Chronicles 20:4 locates the battles in Gezer rather than Gob. The LXX and Syriac have “Gath” in place of “Gob” in Samuel. Although the MT of Samuel may be corrupt here, it should be noted that the name “locusts” fits the practice of sometimes naming towns after animals or insects.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A place mentioned in 2Sa 21:18 f as the scene of two of David’s battles with the Philistines. The name appears here only. In the parallel passage, 1Ch 20:4, it is called Gezer (compare Ant, VII, xii, 2). Certain texts read "Nob" for "Gob," while Syriac and Septuagint read "Gath." The latter is probably correct.