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In Bible versions:

Ezion-geber: NET NRSV NASB
Ezion Geber: NET NIV
Ezion-Geber: AVS TEV
a port town on gulf of Aqabah

the wood of the man
NETBible Maps: OT3 D4 ; OT6 B4
Google Maps: Ezion-geber (29° 45´, 35° 1´)


Strongs #06100: rbg Nwyue `Etsyown (shorter Nyue `Etsyon) Geber

Ezion-geber = "backbone of a man"

1) the last station during the exodus of the Israelites before they
came to the wilderness of Zin; located near Elath at the head of
the Gulf of Akaba

6100 `Etsyown ets-yone' gheh'ber

(shorter) {Etsyon Geber, from 6096 and 1397; backbone-like of
a man; Etsjon-Geber, a place on the Red Sea:-Ezion-geber.
see HEBREW for 06096
see HEBREW for 01397

Ezion-geber [EBD]

the giant's backbone (so called from the head of a mountain which runs out into the sea), an ancient city and harbour at the north-east end of the Elanitic branch of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Akabah, near Elath or Eloth (Num. 33:35; Deut. 2:8). Here Solomon built ships, "Tarshish ships," like those trading from Tyre to Tarshish and the west, which traded with Ophir (1 Kings 9:26; 2 Chr. 8:17); and here also Jehoshaphat's fleet was shipwrecked (1 Kings 22:48; 2 Chr. 20:36). It became a populous town, many of the Jews settling in it (2 Kings 16:6, "Elath"). It is supposed that anciently the north end of the gulf flowed further into the country than now, as far as 'Ain el-Ghudyan, which is 10 miles up the dry bed of the Arabah, and that Ezion-geber may have been there.


(giant?s backbone), (Numbers 33:35; 2:8; 1 Kings 9:26; 22:48; 2 Chronicles 8:17) the last station named for the encampment of the Israelites before they came to the wilderness of Zin. It probably stood at Ain el-Ghudyan , about ten miles up what is now the dry bed of the Arabah, but which was probably then the northern end of the gulf.


EZION-GEBER - e-zi-on-ge'-ber ('etsyon gebher; Gasion Gaber): Always mentioned along with Elath ("Eziongaber," Nu 33:35 f the King James Version). When the children of Israel left "the way of the Arabah," having come from the Northwest, they seem to have turned to the Northeast from the neighborhood of `Aqaba, passing up by Wady el-Ithm toward the eastern desert (Dt 2:8). Elath and Ezion-geber were evidently not far apart. They are named together again in connection with the maritime enterprises of Solomon and Jehoshaphat (1 Ki 9:26, etc.). They therefore both lay on the shore of the sea. No trace of Ezion-geber is to be found on the present coast line. It is probable, however, that in ancient times the sea covered a considerable stretch of the mud flats at the South end of Wady el-`Arabah, and the site of Ezion-geber may be sought near the spring `Ain el-Ghudyan, about 15 miles North of the present head of the Gulf of `Aqaba.

W. Ewing

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