Sheerah Who Built by Scarlett Stough


“His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.” (I Chronicles 7:24 NIV)

Listed among the descendants of Ephraim is a woman who built three cities along a road which was important in Israel’s history. Beth Horon, both Upper and Lower, are mentioned in Joshua, I Samuel, I Kings, I and II Chronicles. They were included in Ephraim’s land inheritance. (Joshua 16:3,5) One of the towns was given to the Levites who had no land allotment. (Joshua 21:22) King Solomon rebuilt and fortified Lower and Upper Beth Horon during his reign. (II Chronicles 8:5)

Sheerah’s accomplishment was important enough to be recorded in the genealogical account of her family. The record does not reveal anything else about her. Did she serve God wholeheartedly? Was she an ambitious woman who put her skills to work to help build her nation? Was she an only child (perhaps of Beriah) groomed to inherit her father’s portion? Whoever she was, she built towns that were prominent in Israel, God’s kingdom on earth at that time.

She obviously did not excuse herself from laboring, saying, “I am just a woman. That isn’t my role in life.” She saw a need and set out to fill it. God honored her by recording  her name in the Scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit for our instruction. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

Each citizen of the Kingdom of God is expected to build on the foundation that Jesus provides. We can build with materials that last; or we can build with materials that soon disappear in the difficulties of life. Sheerah’s towns still exist today. * Will what we build last until our King Jesus returns?

*Illustrated Dictionary & Concordance of the Bible, Published by The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. by permission  of G.G. The Jerusalem Publishing House Ltd. Jerusalem, copyright 1986


For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Build on this Foundation

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