2 Chronicles 11:6
New International Version
Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

New Living Translation
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

English Standard Version
He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

Berean Study Bible
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

King James Bible
He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

New King James Version
And he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

New American Standard Bible
He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

NASB 1995
Thus he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

NASB 1977
Thus he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

Amplified Bible
He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

Christian Standard Bible
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

American Standard Version
He built Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yorbaam said in his heart: “The kingdom is returning itself to the house of David.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he built Bethleem, and Aetan and Thecoe,

Contemporary English Version
Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Thecue,

Good News Translation
Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

International Standard Version
including Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

JPS Tanakh 1917
He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

Literal Standard Version
indeed, he builds Beth-Lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

New American Bible
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

NET Bible
Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

New Revised Standard Version
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

New Heart English Bible
He built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

World English Bible
He built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

Young's Literal Translation
yea, he buildeth Beth-Lehem and Etam, and Tekoa,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Rehoboam Fortifies Judah
5Rehoboam continued to live in Jerusalem, and he built up cities for defense in Judah. 6He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, 7Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,…

Cross References
2 Samuel 14:2
So Joab sent to Tekoa to bring a wise woman from there. He told her, "Please pretend to be a mourner; put on clothes for mourning and do not anoint yourself with oil. Act like a woman who has mourned for the dead a long time.

2 Chronicles 11:5
Rehoboam continued to live in Jerusalem, and he built up cities for defense in Judah.

2 Chronicles 11:7
Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,


Treasury of Scripture

He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

2 Chronicles 17:7
Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.

Joshua 19:15
And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.

Genesis 35:19
And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

Etam

Judges 15:8
And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.

1 Chronicles 4:32
And their villages were, Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities:

Tekoa

2 Chronicles 20:20
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Samuel 14:2
And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:

Nehemiah 3:5,27
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord…











(6) He built even.--And he built--i.e., fortified.

Beth-lehem.--Beit-lahm, on a rocky eminence, two hours south of Jerusalem (Genesis 35:19; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6). The birthplace of David and of Christ.

Etam.--Ain Attan; different from the place mentioned in 1Chronicles 4:32 and Judges 15:8, which lay in Simeonite territory. . . .

Verse 6. - Bethlehem. This was a case not of actual new building of a city, but of restoring and strengthening it. Bethlehem, originally Ephrath (Genesis 35:16; Genesis 48:7), was one of the very oldest towns existent in Jacob's time. It was not called Bethlehem till long after the settlement of the tribes. It was six miles from Jerusalem, on the east of the road to Hebron. Etam. A place near Bethlehem (1 Chronicles 4:3, 4, not 32; Septuagint of Joshua 15:60); possibly the resort of Samson after his revenge on the Philistines (Judges 15:8, 11). It was not the Etam mentioned as belonging to Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:32). Tekoa. According to Jerome, as also Eusebius, six Roman miles from Bethlehem, and nine from Jerusalem, or else, possibly by another road, twelve (Jerome's 'Pro-oemium in Amos,' and his 'Onomasticon'). It is absent from the Hebrew catalogue of Judah towns (Joshua 15:49), but is in the Septuagint Version of it. It was the place of the "wise woman" of 2 Samuel 14:2.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He built up
וַיִּ֧בֶן (way·yi·ḇen)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1129: To build

Bethlehem,
לֶ֛חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1035: Bethlehem -- 'place of bread', a city in Judah, also a city in Zebulun

Etam,
עֵיטָ֖ם (‘ê·ṭām)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 5862: Etam -- three places in Israel

Tekoa,
תְּקֽוֹעַ׃ (tə·qō·w·a‘)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 8620: Tekoa -- a city in Judah


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