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Abdon
       Abdon [servile].

       1. The son of Hillel, a native of Pirathon, in the tribe of Ephraim. He judged Israel, or a portion of it, eight years, and is the eleventh judge in the order of enumeration. He had forty sons and thirty sons' sons, who rode on as many ass-colts a sign of rank in days when the Hebrews did not yet have horses. He was buried in his native place (Judg. 12:13-15).

       2. Head of a father's house of Benjamin, a son of Shashak, dwelling in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 8:23, 26, 28).

       3. A Benjamite, the firstborn of Jehiel of Gibeon and an ancestor of king Saul (1 Chron. 8:30; 9:35, 36).

       4. An official of king Josiah (2 Chron. 34:20); see ACHBOR.

       5. A town in the territory of Asher, given, with its suburbs, to the Levites of the Gershon family (Josh. 21:30; 1 Chron. 6:74). Abdon is perhaps identical with the ruins of Abdeh, ten miles north of Acre.