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Reformation Study Bible – Deut 3:11
Deut 3:11

3:11 a bed of iron. Og’s bed, thirteen feet long, suggests he was a giant and that his people, the Rephaim, were also giants (2:10–12 note). The “bed” may actually have been a sarcophagus; the word translated “bed” is rare and could here be a euphemism for a sarcophagus, which would be large enough also to hold tomb objects. The reference to “iron” may only mean that it was joined or trimmed with iron, a new material at this date (before the beginning of the Iron Age c. 1200 b.c.). See note 8:9.