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Rephidim meaning

רפידים
רפידם
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🔼The name Rephidim in the Bible

Rephidim is a place where Israel camped and defeated the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8). At Rephidim Moses strikes a rock so that it gives water (Exodus 17:6), and names the place Massah and Meribah. He does the same thing again at another place called Meribah, but this time in anger (Numbers 20:12). Hence he only gets to view the Promised Land from Mount Abarim, but he is not allowed to enter.

Our name is spelled רפידים in Exodus 17:1 and 19:2, and רפידם in Exodus 17:8, Numbers 33:14 and 33:15.

🔼Etymology of the name Rephidim

The name Rephidim is a plural noun taken from the verb רפד (rapad) meaning to spread:

🔼Rephidim meaning

For a meaning of the name Rephidim, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Props or Supports. NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Rests.

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