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You may purchase[a] food to eat and water to drink from them. All along the way I, the Lord your God,[b] have blessed your every effort.[c] I have[d] been attentive to[e] your travels through this great wilderness. These forty years I have[f] been with you; you have lacked nothing.’”

So we turned away from our relatives[g] the descendants of Esau, the inhabitants of Seir, turning from the route of the rift valley[h] which comes up from[i] Elat[j] and Ezion Geber,[k] and traveling the way of the wilderness of Moab.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 2:6 tn Heb includes “with silver.”
  2. Deuteronomy 2:7 tn The Hebrew text does not have the first person pronoun; it has been supplied for purposes of English style (the Lord is speaking here).
  3. Deuteronomy 2:7 tn Heb “all the work of your hands.”
  4. Deuteronomy 2:7 tn Heb “he has.” This has been converted to first person in the translation in keeping with English style.
  5. Deuteronomy 2:7 tn Heb “known” (so ASV, NASB); NAB “been concerned about.”
  6. Deuteronomy 2:7 tn Heb “the Lord your God has.” This has been replaced in the translation by the first person pronoun (“I”) in keeping with English style.
  7. Deuteronomy 2:8 tn Or “brothers”; NRSV “our kin.”
  8. Deuteronomy 2:8 sn As a geographic feature the rift valley (עֲרָבָה, ʿaravah) extends from the Gulf of Aqaba to Galilee. Traveling up the middle of the rift valley probably would have been the easiest path, at least up to the Dead Sea.
  9. Deuteronomy 2:8 tn Heb “from.”
  10. Deuteronomy 2:8 sn Elat was a port city at the head of the eastern arm of the Red Sea, that is, the Gulf of Aqaba (or Gulf of Eilat). Solomon (1 Kgs 9:28), Uzziah (2 Kgs 14:22), and Ahaz (2 Kgs 16:5-6) used it as a port but eventually it became permanently part of Edom. It may be what is known today as Tell el-Kheleifeh. Modern Eilat is located farther west along the northern coast. See G. Pratico, “Nelson Glueck’s 1938-1940 Excavations at Tell el-Kheleifeh: A Reappraisal,” BASOR 259 (1985): 1-32.
  11. Deuteronomy 2:8 sn Ezion Geber. A place near the Gulf of Aqaba, Ezion-geber must be distinguished from Elat (cf. 1 Kgs 9:26-28; 2 Chr 8:17-18). It was, however, also a port city (1 Kgs 22:48-49). It may be the same as the modern site Gezirat al-Fauran, 15 mi (24 km) south-southwest from Tell el-Kheleifah.

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