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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

Dark-skinned, the second son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13).

It is the name for the nomadic tribes of Arabs, the Bedouins generally (Isaiah 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Jeremiah 2:10; Ezekiel 27:21), who dwelt in the north-west of Arabia. They lived in black hair-tents (Song of Solomon 1:5). To "dwell in the tents of Kedar" was to be cut off from the worship of the true God (Psalms 120:5). The Kedarites suffered at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 49:28, 29).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

blackness; sorrow

Naves Topical Index

1. Son of Ishmael
Genesis 25:13; 1 Chronicles 1:29

2. A nomadic clan of the Ishmaelites
Psalms 120:5; Song of Solomon 1:5; Isaiah 21:16; Isaiah 42:11; Isaiah 60:7; Jeremiah 49:28

3. Flocks of
Isaiah 60:7; Jeremiah 49:28

4. Princes and commerce of
Ezekiel 27:21

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(dark-skinned), the second in order of the sons of Ishm'l, (Genesis 25:13; 1 Chronicles 1:29) and the name of a great tribe of Arabs settled on the northwest of the peninsula and on the confines of Palestine. The "glory of Kedar" is recorded by the prophet Isaiah, (Isaiah 21:13-17) in the burden upon Arabia; and its importance may also be inferred from the "princes of Kedar" mentioned by Ezekiel, (Ezekiel 27:21) as well as the pastoral character of the tribe. They appear also to have been, like the wandering tribes of the present day, "archers" and "mighty men." (Isaiah 21:17) comp. Psalms 120:5 That they also settled in villages or towns we find from Isaiah. (Isaiah 42:11) The tribe seems to have been one of the most conspicuous of all the Ishm'lite tribes, and hence the rabbins call the Arabians universally by this name.