Zarqa or Zerka both: zär´kä [key], in the Bible, river, 80 mi (129 km) long, rising in the hills W of Amman, N Jordan, and flowing generally north, then west, to the Jordan River it is the ancient Jabbok. On its southern bank Jacob wrestled with the angel.

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