The Kenites were a nomadic tribe of people that inhabited the desert west of the Dead Sea down to the mountains of Sinai.

Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, was a Kenite. His descendants went up into the Promised Land with the tribe of Judah and settled the land with them.[1]

During the age of the Judges, Heber the Kenite separated from the other Kenites and camped near the oak in Zaanannim near Kedesh. When Sisera, the commander of the army of the king of Canaan, was fleeing on foot from the Israelite army he came across the tent of Jael, Heber's wife. She invited him inside the tent and hid him under a rug. When Sisera fell asleep she took a tent peg and a hammer and drove the peg into his temple. That day God defeated the king of Canaan.[2]

While Saul was King of Israel some of the Kenites were living among the Amalekites. Before Saul attacked the Amalekites he warned the Kenites to depart from among the Amalekites before they are destroyed with them. The Kenites departed before the war and Saul defeated the Amalekites.[3]

Upon defeated the Amalekites, King David shared some of the spoils with the Kenites.[4]

References Edit

  1. Judges 1:16
  2. Judges 4:11, 17-22
  3. 1 Samuel 15:6-7
  4. 1 Samuel 30:26-30

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