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Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Joshua 18

Verses 1-28

Joshua 18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.

Joshua 18:1 Word Study on “Shiloh” Strong says the name “Shiloh” (H7887) means “tranquil.” PTW says it means, “peaceful.”

Comments - Shiloh was the center of Israelite worship from the time of Joshua (1400 B.C.) until the days of Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas (1050 B.C.), which was a period of about five hundred and fifty (550) years. When Eli's two sons took the ark into battle against the Philistines, Shiloh is no longer mentioned in Scriptures as the center of Israelite worship. Psalms 78:60 says that God forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh. Perhaps this was the incident that is being referred to in the book of Psalms. Jeremiah says that Israel trusted in this building and its articles rather than in God.

Psalms 78:60, “So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh , the tent which he placed among men;”

Jeremiah 7:12-14, “But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust , and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.”

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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Joshua 18". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.