ruins. (1.) A town on the north bank of the Arnon (Deut. 4:48; Judg. 11:26; 2 Kings 10:33), the southern boundary of the kingdom of Sihon (Josh. 12:2). It is now called Arair, 13 miles west of the Dead Sea. (2.) One of the towns built by the tribe of Gad (Num. 32:34) “before Rabbah” (Josh. 13:25), the Ammonite capital. It was famous in the history of Jephthah (Judg. 11:33) and of David (2 Sam. 24:5). (Comp. Isa. 17:2; 2 Kings 15:29.) (3.) A city in the south of Judah, 12 miles south-east of Beersheba, to which David sent presents after recovering the spoil from the Amalekites at Ziklag (1 Sam. 30:26, 28). It was the native city of two of David’s warriors (1 Chr. 11:44). It is now called Ar’arah.

Historical Examples

The cities of aroer shall be left for flocks, and they shall rest there, and there shall be none to make them afraid.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

Karkar or aroer, battle of, and defeat of Benhadad and his allies, 31.
Assyria, Its Princes, Priests and People A. H. (Archibald Henry) Sayce

For a time Damascus was made “a ruinous heap,” and the cities of aroer were the desolated lairs of pasturing flocks.
The Expositor’s Bible F. W. Farrar

We have smitten Ammon, hip and thigh, from aroer even till thou come to Minnith!
Dulcibel Henry Peterson

He marched against the Ammonites, and fought them at aroer, on the border of the torrent Arnon.
The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut

From aroer, which is upon the bank of the torrent Arnon, a town that is situate in a valley, as far as Galaad.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

And when they had passed the Jordan, they came to aroer to the right side of the city, which is in the vale of Gad.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various


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