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Liers in Wait מארבים
(224 words)

I. Name

In 2 Chr. 22, Ammonites, Moabites and people of Mount Seir who have invaded Judah, are routed when the Lord sets ‘liers in wait’ (מארבים) against them. The ‘liers in wait’ are clearly not Judahites, and there is no reason to posit a third human party in the conflict. Most commentators have recognized that the reference is to a heavenly force (see Rudolph 1955:261; Williamson 1982:300).

II. Identity

“Liers in wait” is not the name of a group of angels, but simply indicates a function of a batallion of the heavenly host. For …

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J. J. Collins, “Liers in Wait מארבים”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Liersinwait>

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