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Meaning: servile; servitude / Hebrew: “Abdown.”

The name of four biblical men and one city:

  1. The son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, the tenth judge of Israel (Judg. 12:13-15). He is probably the Bedan of 1 Sam. 12:11.

  2. The first-born of Gibeon of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chr. 8:30; 9:36). King Saul was his nephew.

  3. The son of Micah, one of those whom Josiah sent to the prophetess Huldah to find the meaning of the recently discovered book of the law (2 Chr. 34:20). He is called Achbor in 2 Kings 22:12.

  4. One of the “sons” of Shashak (1 Chr. 8:23).

  5. This is the name also of a Levitical town of the Gershonites, in the tribe of Asher (Josh. 21:30; 1 Chr. 6:74). The ruins of Abdeh, 8 miles northeast of Accho, probably mark its site.