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Hebrew: עַבְדוֹן —transliteration: Abdon —meaning: servile; servitude

This is the name of 4 biblical men and a city. It appears 8 times in Scripture.

  1. Abdon, the son of Hillel

    He was a Pirathonite and the 10th judge of Israel (Judges 12:13-15).

    He is probably the Bedan of 1 Samuel 12:11.

  2. Abdon, a Benjamite and Gibeonite

    He was the first-born of Gibeon of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:30; 1 Chr. 9:36).

    King Saul was his nephew.

  3. Abdon, the son of Micah

    also known as: Achbor (2 Kings 22:12)

    He is one of those whom King Josiah sent to the prophetess Huldah to find the meaning of the recently discovered book of the law (2 Chronicles 34:20).

  4. Abdon, one of the “sons” of Shashak

    He was a Benjamite (1 Chronicles 8:23)

  5. Abdon, a Levitical town

    This was a town of the Gershonites, in the tribe of Asher (Joshua 21:30; 1 Chronicles 6:74).


    The ruins of Abdeh probably mark its site. This is located 8 miles northeast of Acre, Israel (a.k.a. Akre, Accho, Akko, Acco, Ace, Akke, and Akka).

    Modern Acre, Israel—satellite view

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Article Version: March 20, 2019