possession, a city in the plain of Judah (John. 15:44). Here Asa defeated Zerah the Ethiopian (2 Chr. 14:9, 10). It is identified with the ruin el-Mer'ash, about 1 1/2 mile south of Beit Jibrin.
On the southwest they occupied the important city of mareshah and the adjacent Philistine lowlands.
Then Asa went out to meet him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at mareshah.
And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with a mighty host; and he came unto mareshah.
Adullam, with which the list closes, lies some eight or ten miles to the north-east of mareshah.
With this agrees the connection in which it is named (1:13-15); for Lachish, mareshah, and Adullam also lay in that direction.