winding, a winter torrent of Central Palestine, which rises about the roots of Tabor and Gilboa, and passing in a northerly direction through the plains of Esdraelon and Acre, falls into the Mediterranean at the north-eastern corner of the bay of Acre, at the foot of Carmel. It is the drain by which the waters of the plain of Esdraelon and of the mountains that surround it find their way to the sea. It bears the modern name of Nahr el-Mokattah, i.e., "the river of slaughter" (comp. 1 Kings 18:40). In the triumphal song of Deborah (Judg. 5:21) it is spoken of as "that ancient river," either (1) because it had flowed on for ages, or (2), according to the Targum, because it was "the torrent in which were shown signs and wonders to Israel of old;" or (3) probably the reference is to the exploits in that region among the ancient Canaanites, for the adjoining plain of Esdraelon was the great battle-field of Palestine. This was the scene of the defeat of Sisera (Judg. 4:7, 13), and of the destruction of the prophets of Baal by Elijah (1 Kings 18:40). "When the Kishon was at its height, it would be, partly on account of its quicksands, as impassable as the ocean itself to a retreating army." (See DEBORAH.)
The battle was fought at the foot of Mount Tabor, near the river kishon.
And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook kishon, and slew them there.
The sudden storm had swollen the stream, the river kishon swept them away, that river of battles the river kishon.
The chariots have crossed the kishon but are still struggling in the swamps and marshes.
Fourteen hundred feet below is kishon, where the priests were slain.
The armies met under Carmel on the kishon: the battle broke out in the valley of Megiddo.
Below the garden slope where they were lounging, the rapid torrent of kishon ran brawling along.
The site of the altar is circular, about four cubits remain thereof, and at the foot of the mountain the brook kishon flows.
We wound in and out by the brook kishon, where Elijah smote the false prophets.
The kishon is fed by springs from near Tabor and from a copious stream from the west side of the plain of Esdraelon.