Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
- Maon, Maonites
MAON, MAONITES. 1. In Judges 10:12 the Maonites are mentioned together with the Zidonians and Amalekites as having oppressed Israel. They dwelt in Mt. Seir, south of the Dead Sea. According to 1 Chronicles 4:41 f., the Maonites (called Meunim in this passage) were, in the reign of Hezekiah, driven out of their pasture land by the Simeonites. The passage is interesting as showing how long the original Canaanites held their own in the land after the Israelite invasion. In 2 Chronicles 26:7 they are mentioned as having been overcome by Uzziah (cf. 2 Chronicles 20:1 , where ‘Ammonites’ should probably be ‘Meunim’).
2. A different place of the name of Maon is mentioned in Joshua 15:55 ; this was a small town in the hill-country of JudÃ¦a. It was in the ‘wilderness’ of Maon that Nabal dwelt ( 1 Samuel 25:2 ), and in this district David sojourned on two occasions during the period of his outlaw life ( 1Sa 23:24 ff., 1 Samuel 25:2 ff.).
W. O. E. Oesterley.
Holman Bible Dictionary
(may' ohn itess) One of the peoples who oppressed Israel during the period of the judges (Judges 10:12 ). These Maonites are perhaps the Meunites attacked by Hezekiah (1 Chronicles 4:41 ) and Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:7 ), a band of marauding Arabs from south of the Dead Sea in the vicinity of Ma'an. The earliest Greek translation reads, “Midianites” (REB).
Morrish Bible Dictionary
A people who had oppressed Israel. Judges 10:12 . The LXX reads MADIAM, but they were probably the original inhabitants of Maon.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
Called MEHUNIM in 2 Chronicles 26:7 , an Arabian tribe, named with the Amalekintes and other foes of Israel. Their abode may have been near the place now called Maan, nearly east of Petra, on the Haj route from Damascus to Mecca. Uzziah defeated them.
- Perhaps the same as the Maonites mentioned in Judges 10:12
- In Judges 10:12 the Maonites are mentioned together with the Zidonians and Amalekites as having oppressed Israel. , the Maonites (called Meunim in this passage) were, in the reign of Hezekiah, driven out of their pasture land by the Simeonites
- render here "king of the Mineans" = Ma'in, Maonites, Judges 10:12 , in Southern Arabia)
- These Maonites are perhaps the Meunites attacked by Hezekiah (1 Chronicles 4:41 ) and Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:7 ), a band of marauding Arabs from south of the Dead Sea in the vicinity of Ma'an
- In Judges 10:12, "the Maonites did oppress you," the Mehunim of 2 Chronicles 26:7 may be meant, the inhabitants of Mann (translated for "habitations," 1 Chronicles 4:41, Meunites, who were strangers there), a city near Petra, E. But thus all notice of Israel's great oppressor Midian would be omitted; and Septuagint in both the best manuscripts read for "the Maonites" in Judges 10:12 "Midian. But 2 Chronicles 20:10; 2 Chronicles 20:22, mentioning inhabitants of Mount Seir or Edom among the invaders, favor Hiller's alteration of Meeha'amonim into Meehame'unim, the Maonites of Mann near the Edomite Petra; E. The Maonites are mentioned instead of the Edomites, to imply that not only Edomites but tribes from other parts of Mount Seir joined the invasion. The Maonites probably were of non Edomitic origin
- This word is in Hebrew the plural of Ma'on, and thus denotes the Maonites who inhabited the country on the eastern side of the Wady el-Arabah
- ) Edom joined with Ammon and other desert tribes enumerated in Psalms 83:3-7 ("other beside the Ammonites," KJV 2 Chronicles 20:1; Hiller proposes to read Maonites from Maan a city near Petra on mount Seir, tribes from all parts of mount Seir: Keil; 26:7, Mehunims), to not only throw off Judah's supremacy but root the Jews out of their divinely given inheritance; but in vain