(deprived of protection), one of two “kings” of Midian who commanded the great invasion of Palestine, and who finally fell by the hand of Gideon himself (Judges 8:5-21; Psalms 83:11). While Oreb and Zeeb, two of the inferior leaders of the incursion, had been slain with a vast number of their people by the Ephraimites at the central fords of the Jordan, the two kings had succeeded in making their escape by a passage farther to the north (probably the ford near Bethshean), and thence by the Wady Yabis, through Gilead, to Kurkor, high up on the Hauran. Here they were reposing their with 15,000 men, a mere remnant of their huge horde, when Gideon overtook them. The people fled in dismay, and Gideon captured the two kings and brought them to his native village, Ophrah, where he slew them because they had killed his brothers.
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866).