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Lachish was one of the strongest fortresses in Judah of ancient Israel. For that reason, the word means "impregnable" today.

Lachish had been a royal Canaanitish city, located in the Shephelah, a plain of Palestine.[1] The Israelites captured and destroyed it,[2] and then built their fortress. It was eventually overtaken by Sennacherib,[3] as recounted on slabs now held in the British Museum.


  1. Josh. 10:3,5; 12:11.
  2. Josh. 10:31-33
  3. 2 Kings 18:14,17; 19:8; Isa. 36:2.