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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.

Etymology of the name Rephidim

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

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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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