The English word haunt, from a French word meaning to frequent, or to visit often, has two accepted meanings. The first, a verb, in referring to what ghosts supposedly do (see the Fact Finder question below), and the second, a noun meaning a frequently visited place, as in the term "visiting one's old haunts." In the King James Version, "haunt" is used to translate three original Hebrew words of the Scriptures (pronounced) reh-gel, meaning foot, as in walking (as used in 1 Samuel 23:22 below), haw-lak, meaning to walk, or travel (as used in 1 Samuel 30:31 below), and yaw-shab, meaning to dwell, or inhabit (as used in Ezekiel 26:17 below).
When King David was hiding and on the run from King Saul, David "haunted" the wilderness areas of Judea, including parts of the southern, or Negev, desert area (shown in the photo):
"And they two made a covenant before The Lord: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house."
"Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon? Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king's hand."
"And Saul said, Blessed be ye of The Lord; for ye have compassion on me. Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtly. See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah." (1 Samuel 23:18-23 KJV)
David's "haunting" of Judea was a beneficial experience for his friends:
"And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of The Lord; To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir, And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa, And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites, And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach, And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt." (1 Samuel 30:26-31 KJV)
The word "haunt" is used in reference to the king of Tyre, the inhabitants of his city, a term that was used for much more than just the ancient king of Tyre. It is also a Prophecy for the future (see King Of Tyre):
"Thus saith The Lord God to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee? Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee."
"And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it! Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure."
"For thus saith The Lord God; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee; When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living; I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith The Lord God." (Ezekiel 26:15-21 KJV)
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