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 33:45  33:46
33:45 They left the passes and camped in Divon Gad.
Vayis'u me'Iyim vayachanu beDivon Gad.
33:46 They left Divon Gad and camped in Almon Divlathaymah.
Vayis'u miDivon Gad vayachanu be'Almon Divlataymah.
33:47 They left Almon Divlathaymah and camped in the Avarim mountains in front of Nebo.
Vayis'u me'Almon Divlataymah vayachanu beharey ha'Avarim lifney Nevo.
33:48 They left the Avarim mountains and camped in the West Plains of Moab on the Jericho Jordan.
Vayis'u meharey ha'Avarim vayachanu be'arvot Moav al Yarden Yerecho.
33:49 There they camped along the Jordan from Beth HaYeshimoth to Avel Shittim on the West Plains of Moab.
Vayachanu al-haYarden mibeyt haYeshimot ad Avel haShitim be'arvot Moav.


Divon Gad
  This is seen as a place of good fortune (Targum Yonathan; see Genesis 30:11). Some say that this was on the Zered Brook (see notes on Numbers 21:12), which is where the decree that the Israelites would die in the desert for 40 years came to an end (Deuteronomy 2:14). According to tradition, this was on 15 Av, 2488 (July 27, 1273 b.c.e.; Taanith 30b), two weeks after Aaron's death (Numbers 33:38).

Some identify Divon Gad with Vahev (see Numbers 21:14) and Matanah (Numbers 21:18; Adereth Eliahu). Some say that it is on Nachaliel, as stream some 11 miles north of the Arnon (Lekach Tov on Numbers 21:19).

Almon Divlathaymah
  Some say that this is also on the Zered Brook (Ramban). Others identify it with Matanah (Ibn Ezra), where Eshed Nachal, Beer, Matanah and Nachaliel are all in the Almon Divlathaymah area (Ibn Ezra on Numbers 21:18). Others say that it is on Nachaliel (Lekach Tov on Numbers 21:19), or the far side of the Arnon in Numbers 21:13 (Chizzkuni). It may be related to Almon in Joshua 21:18, Beth Divlathayim in Jeremiah 48:22, or Divlah in Ezekiel 6:14.

Avarim Mountains...
  See Numbers 27:12. Some identify this with Matanah (Numbers 21:18; Chizzkuni) or Bamoth (Lekach Tov on Numbers 21:18).

  N'vo in Hebrew. This is where Moses died (Deuteronomy 32:49, 34:1). Also see Numbers, 32:3, 32:38.

West Plains of Moab...
  Aravoth Moab. See Numbers 22:1

Beth HaYeshimoth
  Some identify it with the Wasteland (yeshimon) in Numbers 21:19 (Chizzkuni) or with Hagai (Ibn Ezra). Others say that it is the stream running down from the Wasteland (Abarbanel). It is thought to be an area some 3 miles north of the Dead Sea's northeast corner, possibly on the Abu Arabah stream, which might be Nachaliel. Some note that Nachaliel, Bamoth and Hagai might all be in this area (Chizzkuni). See next note.

Avel Shittim
  Shittim Plain (Targum; Saadia; Rashi). Some say that an avel is a desolate plain (Ramban on Genesis 14:6). This is Shittim mentioned in 25:1; and was the last stop before crossing the Jordan (Joshua 2:1, 3:1). It may be related to Avel Mitzraim in Genesis 50:11.

The Talmud notes that Avel Shittim is 12 miles from Beth HaYeshimoth (Eruvin 55b; Yerushalmi, Shevi'ith 6:1; Rashi). It would therefore appear that the Israelites were camped between the Ujemi Brook, just north of the Dead Sea, and the Abu Araba stream, some 5 miles to the north. The plain between the Jordan and the Aravah mountains there is approximately 12 miles wide.

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