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Beth-jeshimoth meaning

בית הישמות
בית הישמת
בית הישימת
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🔼The name Beth-jeshimoth in the Bible

The name Beth-jeshimoth belongs to a city in Moab, close to and east of the southern end of the river Jordan, near where Israel camped right before marching into Canaan (Numbers 33:49, spelled בית הישמת). Prior to the campaign, Beth-jeshimoth was part of the empire of king Sihon of the Amorites (Joshua 12:3 and onward spelled בית הישמות), and after his defeat it came to be situated in the territory allotted to the tribe of Reuben (Joshua 13:20).

Centuries later, the tribe of Reuben was deported to Assyria and Beth-jeshimoth became known again as a Moabitic city. Via the prophet Ezekiel, YHWH pronounced judgment on Moab, and declared that He would deprive Moab of its glory, namely the cities on its frontiers, including Beth-jeshimoth (Ezekiel 25:9, spelled בית הישימת).

🔼Etymology of the name Beth-jeshimoth

The name Beth-jeshimoth consists of two elements. The first part is identical to the common Hebrew word בית (bayit) meaning house:

The second part comes from the verb ישם (yasham), meaning to be desolate:

🔼Beth-jeshimoth meaning

For a meaning of the name Beth-jeshimoth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of The Wastes, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes House Of the Deserts, and BDB Theological Dictionary has Place Of The Desert.

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