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HEBREW: 769 Nwnra 'Arnown or Nnra 'Arnon
NAVE: Arnon
EBD: Arnon
Arms, Armor | Army | Army, Roman | Arna | Arnan | Arnon | Arnon River | Arod | Aroer | Aroerite | Arom


In Bible versions:

a river forming the southern border of Ammon east of the Dead Sea

rejoicing; sunlight
Google Maps: Arnon (31° 25´, 35° 40´)


Strongs #0769: Nwnra 'Arnown or Nnra 'Arnon

Arnon = "rushing stream"

1) a river and surrounding valley in south Palestine, forms the
border between Moab and the Amorites

769 'Arnown ar-nohn'

or uArnon {ar-nohn'}; from 7442; a brawling stream; the
Arnon, a river east of the Jordan, also its territory:-
see HEBREW for 07442

Arnon [EBD]

swift, the southern boundary of the territory of Israel beyond Jordan, separating it from the land of Moab (Deut. 3:8, 16). This river (referred to twenty-four times in the Bible) rises in the mountains of Gilead, and after a circuitous course of about 80 miles through a deep ravine it falls into the Dead Sea nearly opposite Engedi. The stream is almost dry in summer. It is now called el-Mujeb. The territory of the Amorites extended from the Arnon to the Jabbok.

Arnon [NAVE]

A river emptying into the Dead Sea from the east. Boundary between Moabites and Amorites, Num. 21:13, 14, 26; 22:36; Deut. 2:24, 36; 3:8, 16; Josh. 12:1.
Fords of, Isa. 16:2.
Miracles at, Num. 21:14.


(roaring), the river or torrent which formed the boundary between Moab and the Amorites, on the north of Moab, (Numbers 21:13,14,24,26; Judges 11:22) and afterwards between Moab and Israel (Reuben). (2:24,36; 3:8,12,16; 4:48; Joshua 12:1,2; 13:9,16; Judges 11:13,26) There can be no doubt that the Wady el-Mojeb of the present day is the Arnon. Its principal source is near Katrane , on the Haj route.


ARNON - ar'-non ('arnon; Arnon): Is first mentioned in Nu 21:24 as the border between Moab and the Amorites. "The valleys of Arnon" in the next verse undoubtedly indicate the numerous wadies contributary to the main stream. It formed the southern boundary of the land assigned to Reuben (Dt 3:12). The city of Aroer stood on the northern edge of the valley (Dt 2:36; Jdg 12:2, etc.). Arnon was claimed by the Ammonites as having marked the southern limit of their territory when Israel invaded the land (Jdg 11:13). They, however, had already been driven out by the Amorites, and the region north of Arnon was held by Sihon. From the inscription of Mesha on the Moabite Stone we gather that Moab had established herself on the north of the Arnon before the time of Omri. Under Omri and Ahab she was confined to the south of the river. A rebellion under Mesha was put down by Jehoram son of Ahab (2 Ki 3), and the expedition of Hazael against Israel reached the valley of the Arnon (2 Ki 10:33). But according to Mesha he regained for Moab the lost land; and this agrees with Isa 15; 16, where cities north of Arnon are located in Moab, e.g. Heshbon.

The modern name of Arnon is Wady el-Mojib, which enters the Dead Sea from the East about 11 miles North of el-Lisan. Some 13 miles East of the Dead Sea two streams, Seil es-Sa`ideh from the South, and Wady Enkeileh from the East, unite their waters and flow westward in the bottom of an enormous trench. The waters of Wady Welch come in from the Northeast. A wide stretch of country thus drains into the valley by means of a great network of smaller wadies--the "valleys of Arnon." The "fords of the Arnon" (Isa 16:2) were doubtless crossed by Mesha's highway which he claims to have built in Arnon; and may be marked by the traces of the old Roman road and bridge immediately to the West of where, on the northern edge of the Wady, stands `Ara`ir, the ancient Aroer.

W. Ewing

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