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Easton's Bible Dictionary


graciously given. (1.) The son and successor of Nahash, king of Moab. David's messengers, sent on an embassy of condolence to him to Rabbah Ammon, his capital, were so grossly insulted that he proclaimed war against Hanun. David's army, under the command of Joab, forthwith crossed the Jordan, and gained a complete victory over the Moabites and their allies (2Sa 10:1-14) at Medeba (q.v.).

(2.) Neh 3:13. (3.) 3:30.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary


gracious; merciful

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


ha'-nun (chanun, "favored," "pitied"):

(1) A son and successor of Nahash, king of Ammon. Upon the death of Nahash, David sent sympathetic communications to Hanun, which were misinterpreted and the messengers dishonored. Because of this indignity, David waged a war against him, which caused the Ammonites to lose their independence (2Sa 10:1 ff; 1Ch 19:1 ).

(2) One of the six sons of Zalaph who assisted in repairing the East wall of Jerusalem (Ne 3:30).

(3) One of the inhabitants of Zanoah who repaired the Valley Gate in the wall of Jerusalem (Ne 3:13).

Written by Byron H. Dement

Smith's Bible Dictionary



(1.) Son of Nahash (2 Samuel 10:1-2; 1 Chronicles 19:1-2 king of Ammon, who dishonored the ambassadors of David (2 Samuel 10:4) and involved the Ammonites in a disastrous war (2 Samuel 12:31; 1 Chronicles 19:6). (B.C. 1035)

(2.) A man who, with the people of Zanoah, repaired the ravine gate in the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3:13). (B.C. 446)

(3.) The sixth son of Zalalph, who also assisted in the repair of the wall, apparently on the east side (Nehemiah 3:30). (B.C. 446)

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