3:4 We captured all his cities at that time – there was not a town we did not take from them – sixty cities, all the region of Argob, 1 the dominion of Og in Bashan.
3:14 Jair, son of Manasseh, took all the Argob region as far as the border with the Geshurites 2 and Maacathites 3 (namely Bashan) and called it by his name, Havvoth-Jair, 4 which it retains to this very day.)
1 sn Argob. This is a subdistrict of Bashan, perhaps north of the Yarmuk River. See Y. Aharoni, Land of the Bible, 314.
2 sn Geshurites. Geshur was a city and its surrounding area somewhere northeast of Bashan (cf. Josh 12:5 ; 13:11, 13). One of David’s wives was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur and mother of Absalom (cf. 2 Sam 13:37; 15:8; 1 Chr 3:2).
3 sn Maacathites. These were the people of a territory southwest of Mount Hermon on the Jordan River. The name probably has nothing to do with David’s wife from Geshur (see note on “Geshurites” earlier in this verse).
4 sn Havvoth-Jair. The Hebrew name means “villages of Jair,” the latter being named after a son (i.e., descendant) of Manasseh who took the area by conquest.