Holman Bible Dictionary
(i' jahn) Place name meaning, “ruin.” Place in northern Israel captured by King Ben-Hadad of Damascus as a result of his agreement with King Asa of Judah (910-869 B.C.) to break the treaty between Damascus and Baasha, king of Israel (1 Kings 15:20 ). This forced Baasha to defend himself on the northern border and quit intruding on Judah's territory, giving Asa opportunity to strengthen his defenses (1 Kings 15:21-22 ). Tiglath-pileser conquered the city and carried many Israelites into captivity about 734 B.C. (2 Kings 15:29 ). Ijon is located near modern Marj Uyun between the rivers Litani and Hesbani at tell Dibbin.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("ruin".) A store city of Naphtali in N. Palestine. Captured by Benhadad's captains, at Asa's request for help against Baasha, king of Israel (1 Kings 15:20; 2 Chronicles 16:4). Taken also by Tiglath Pileser (2 Kings 15:29). The lovely little plain N.W. of Dan, at the foot of the hills of Naphtali, Merj Ayun, is probably the site.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
IJON . A town in the north part of the mountains of Naphtali, noticed in 1 Kings 15:20 (= 2 Chronicles 16:4 ) as taken by Benhadad. It was also captured and depopulated by Tiglath-pileser ( 2 Kings 15:29 ). The name survives in Merj ‘AyÃ»n , a plateau N. W. of Dan. The most important site in this plateau is Tell DibbÃ®n , which may be the site of Ijon.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
Town in Naphtali. 1 Kings 15:20 ; 2 Kings 15:29 ; 2 Chronicles 16:4 . Identified by some with el Khiam, 33 19' N, 35 36' E .
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Look; eye; fountain
Easton's Bible Dictionary
A ruin, a city of Naphtali, captured by Ben-hadad of Syria at the instance of Asa (1 Kings 15:20 ), and afterwards by Tiglath-pileser of Assyria (2 Kings 15:29 ) in the reign of Pekah; now el-Khiam.
Ijon - Ijon . The most important site in this plateau is Tell DibbÃ®n , which may be the site of Ijon
Dan-Jaan - Many Bible students think the scribes have not preserved the correct Hebrew text at this point and read only “Dan” (NRSV) or “Dan and Ijon” (NEB)
Ijon - Ijon is located near modern Marj Uyun between the rivers Litani and Hesbani at tell Dibbin
Abelbethmaachah - A city of importance in the extreme North of Palestine in the lot of Naphtali or Manassth: it is mentioned with Ijon and Dan
Abel-Beth-Maachah - Meadow of the house of Maachah, a city in the north of Palestine, in the neighbourhood of Dan and Ijon, in the tribe of Naphtali
Naphtali - Ijon, which was farther north than Dan, was in their land. He responded at once, and his army smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store cities of Naphtali
Abel-Beth-Maacha - The Derdara from Ijon falls from the western slope of the mound, and from the neighboring mountain gushes the powerful stream of Ruahiny
Tig'Lath-Pile'Ser - probably because Pekah withheld his tribute, and having entered his territories, he "took Ijon, and Abel-beth-maachah and Janoah and Kedesh, and Hazer, and Gilead, and Galilee, and all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria
Captivity - There is nothing in the passage to fix the date, but in 2 Kings 15:29 is another reference to Israel when Tiglath-pileser took Ijon, Abel-beth-maachah, Janoah, Kedesh, and Hazor, which are all in the north on the west of the Jordan; butthen is added Gilead, which is on the east, and this may be intended to embrace the two and a half tribes; then Galilee with all the land of Naphtali is added, which is again in the north on the west
Ben-Hadad - He therefore "smote Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-Maachah, Cinneroth, with all Naphtali" in the northern kingdom, namely, that of the ten tribes under Baasha, thus enabling Asa to take away the stones of Ramah, which Baasha had built to prevent any repairing from the northern to the southern kingdom, Judah
Tiglath Pileser - and took Ijon, Abel-beth-maachah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, Galilee, all the land of Naphtali (compare Isaiah 7; Isaiah 8; Isaiah 9:1, this stroke fell at first 'lightly,' 'afterward more grievously'), and carried them captive to Assyria
Tiglath-Pileser - Israel, capturing Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, Galilee, and all the land of Naphtali ( 2 Kings 15:29 )