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Hiel

Meaning: life of (i.e., from) God

a native of Bethel, who built (i.e., fortified) Jericho some seven hundred years after its destruction by the Israelites

There fell on him for such an act the imprecation of Joshua (6:26). He laid the foundation in his first-born, and set up the gates in his youngest son (1 Kings 16:34), i.e., during the progress of the work all his children died.