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2:8 We passed by our brothers, the descendants of Esau who lived in Seir, and headed through the Aravah from Elath and Etzyon Gever.

We turned around and passed through the Moab desert.
Vana'avor me'et acheynu veney-Esav hayoshvim beSe'ir miderech ha'Aravah me'Eylat ume'Etsyon Gaver vanefen vana'avor derech midbar Moav.


through the Aravah
  The deep valley to the south of the Dead Sea, see note on Deuteronomy 1:1. Or, 'the Aravah Highway.'

Elath and Etzyon Gever
  See note on Numbers 33:35. Both are on the Gulf of Aqaba. The Israelites thus headed north from the Gulf of Aqaba directly toward the Dead Sea.

turned around
  Toward the east (Rashi), to go around the Moabite territory.

Moab desert
  To the east of Moab; see Numbers 21:11, 33:43.

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