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{Isaiah 37:9} And he heard 8085 z8799 say 559 z8800 concerning x5921 Tirhakah 8640 king 4428 of Ethiopia, 3568 He is come forth 3318 z8804 to make war 3898 z8736 with x854 thee. And when he heard 8085 z8799 [it], he sent 7971 z8799 messengers 4397 to x413 Hezekiah, 2396 saying, 559 z8800
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"But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land. ... Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth." {1Sm 23:27-28}
Cush, which is generally rendered Ethiopia, is applied in Scripture to at least three distinct and different countries.
1. The country watered by the Gihon or Araxes ("And the name of the second river [is] Gihon: the same [is] it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia." {Gen 2:13}), also called Cuth, "And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima," {2Kg 17:30}.
2. A country of Arabia Petrea, bordering upon Egypt, which extended from the northern extremity of the Red sea along its eastern shore. (Compare "Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, [even] to Horeb." {Exd 3:1} with "And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." {Num 12:1} and "I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: [and] the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble." {Hab 3:7}).
3. Ethiopia Proper, an extensive country of Africa, comprehending Nubia and Abyssinia; being bounded on the north by Egypt, on the east by the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, and on the south and west by various nations of Africa, and extending from about 6 degrees to 24 degrees n lat. and 25 degrees to 45 degrees e long. It is probable that it was this latter Cush, or Ethiopia, of which Tirhakah was king; he being in league with his kinsman Sevechus, son of So, or Sabacon, king of Egypt, against Sennacherib, the king of Assyria. - Cross Reference Bible Search

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