Thrice Joash smote the Syrians - in accordance with the last words of the dying prophet - and Aphek in the Sharon plain, famous in history for Israel's disasters, now witnessed three victories.
Pascha', of the Hebrew name of the Passover festival n4 pesach, from r "he passed over," in memory of the great deliverance, when the destroying angel "passed over the houses, of the children of Israel in Egypt when he smote the Egyptians" (Exod.
But "the angel of the Lord smote him," and shortly afterwards he died "eaten of worms."
A plague smote the city, and when it was removed to Ekron, pestilence followed in its wake.
No turbaned Turk, no hired Venetian or Malay, could have smote him with more seeming malice.
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