Valley of Salt

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons. 

The Valley of Salt, valley of saltpits,[1] valley of Saltpits,[2] or vale of saltpits[3] (Hebrew: גיא-המלח‎) is a place where it is said David smote the Syrians (2 Sam. 8:13). This valley (the Arabah) is between Judah and Edom on the south of the Dead Sea. Hence some interpreters suggest the phrase, "and he smote Edom," instead of the "Syrians" in the above text. This confusion may be due to the Hebrew word Edom אדם being similar to the word Aram ארם. In Hebrew, the resh "ר" and the daleth "ד" are very similar and easily confused if not written carefully. It is conjectured that while David was leading his army against the Ammonites and Syrians, the Edomites invaded the south of Judah, and that David sent Joab or Abishai against them, who drove them back and finally subdued Edom. (Comp. title to Ps. 60 (Ps. 59 in the Septuagint).)

2 Samuel 8:13 - And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men. (King James Version)

Here also Amaziah "slew of Edom ten thousand men" (2 Kings 14:7; comp. 8: 20-22 and 2 Chr. 25:5-11).


  1. ^ 2 Kings 8:13 (Douay-Rheims)
  2. ^ 4 Kings 14:7 (Douay-Rheims)
  3. ^ 1 Paralipomenon 18:12, 25:11; Psalm 59:2 (Douay-Rheims)