rechob related to words meaning "wide
or broad" rechob refers to the open space inside the gate or to other
"squares" (which, however, lacking town planners, were seldom square)
in the city. It is thus associated with public gatherings including mourning (as
well as Am 5:16, see Is 15:3;
Jer 48:38). Rechob
is one of many words clustered
in Amos 5.