|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
(Nubian, Sabako), an Ethiopian king who brought Egypt under his sway. He was bribed by Hoshea to help him against the Assyrian monarch Shalmaneser (2 Kings 17:4). This was a return to the policy that had been successful in the reign of Jeroboam I.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (adv.) In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or as implied, or as supposed to be known.
2. (adv.) In like manner or degree; in the same way; thus; for like reason; with equal reason; -- used correlatively, following as, to denote comparison or resemblance; sometimes, also, following inasmuch as.
3. (adv.) In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to escape.
4. (adv.) Very; in a high degree; that is, in such a degree as can not well be expressed; as, he is so good; he planned so wisely.
5. (adv.) In the same manner; as has been stated or suggested; in this or that condition or state; under these circumstances; in this way; -- with reflex reference to something just asserted or implied; used also with the verb to be, as a predicate.
6. (n.) The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a conjunction.
7. (adv.) It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; -- used to express assent.
8. (adv.) Well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive; as, so the work is done, is it?
9. (adv.) Is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward tone; as, do you say he refuses? So?
10. (adv.) About the number, time, or quantity specified; thereabouts; more or less; as, I will spend a week or so in the country; I have read only a page or so.
11. (conj.) Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if.
12. (interj.) Be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you are; -- a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
so (co', although the Hebrew might be pointed cewe'; Assyrian Sib'u; Septuagint Segor, Soa; Manetho, Seuechos; Latin Sevechus; Herodotus (ii. 137;), Sabakon): In all probability the "Sabaeo" of Herodotus, the Shabaka, who founded the Ethiopian dynasty, the XXVth of Egyptian kings. His date is given as 715-707 B.C. (Flinders Petrie, History of Egypt, III, 281;), but we may suppose that before his accession to the throne he was entitled to be designated king, as being actually regent. To this So, Hoshea, king of Israel, made an appeal for assistance to enable him to throw off the yoke of the Assyrian Shalmaneser IV (2 Kings 17:3). But Hoshea's submission to So brought him no advantage, for Shalmaneser came up throughout all the land and laid siege to Samaria. Not long after the fall of Samaria, So ventured upon an eastern campaign, and was defeated by Sargon, the successor of Shalmaneser, in the battle of Raphia in 720 B.C.
Flinders Petrie, History of Egypt, III, 281;; McCurdy, HPM, I, 422; Schrader, COT, I, 261.