firm-rooted, the most northerly of the five towns belonging to the lords of the Philistines, about 11 miles north of Gath. It was assigned to Judah (Josh. 13:3), and afterwards to Dan (19:43), but came again into the full possession of the Philistines (1 Sam. 5:10). It was the last place to which the Philistines carried the ark before they sent it back to Israel (1 Sam. 5:10; 6:1-8). There was here a noted sanctuary of Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1: 2, 3, 6, 16). Now the small village Akir. It is mentioned on monuments in B.C. 702, when Sennacherib set free its king, imprisoned by Hezekiah in Jerusalem, according to the Assyrian record.
In ekron those who had led the rebellion were killed or deported.
He impaled the rebels of ekron on stakes all round the city.
They will drive out Ashdod at noonday, and ekron will be rooted up.
I gave his plundered cities to the kings of Ashdod, ekron, and Gaza.
Sennacherib then "went on" to ekron, which made no resistance, but opened its gates to the victor.
In the interior, the Philistines occupied the cities of Gath and ekron.
The destruction at ekron seems to have been more awful than at the other placesThe cry of the city went up to heaven.
The priests and nobles of ekron who had abetted Hezekiah were impaled on stakes.
Their combined forces were routed by Sennacherib at Altaku, and ekron fell.
Let him fight his own battle in the name of Beelzebub, the god of ekron, who seems to be his god.