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Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

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South
        Heb. Negeb, that arid district to the south of Israel through
        which lay the caravan route from Central Israel to Egypt
        (Gen. 12:9; 13:1, 3; 46:1-6). "The Negeb comprised a
        considerable but irregularly-shaped tract of country, its main
        portion stretching from the mountains and lowlands of Judah in
        the north to the mountains of Azazemeh in the south, and from
        the Dead Sea and southern Ghoron the east to the Mediterranean
        on the west." In Ezek. 20:46 (21:1 in Heb.) three different
        Hebrew words are all rendered "south." (1) "Set thy face toward
        the south" (Teman, the region on the right, 1 Sam. 33:24); (2)
        "Drop thy word toward the south" (Negeb, the region of dryness,
        Josh. 15:4); (3) "Prophesy against the forest of the south
        field" (Darom, the region of brightness, Deut. 33:23). In Job
        37:9 the word "south" is literally "chamber," used here in the
        sense of treasury (comp. 38:22; Ps. 135:7). This verse is
        rendered in the Revised Version "out of the chamber of the
        south."

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'South' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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