Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the
Or, "the shoulder of Moab" F20; that part of their country where their greatest strength lay, So the Targum renders it,
``the strength of Moab;''where their principal cities were, their frontier towns, and fortified places, as appears by what follows: from his cities which are on his frontiers;
or, "from his Ars" F21, from his cities which are at his end;
at the extreme part of the land, upon the borders of his countries; the two cities of Ar and Aroer, ( Numbers 21:28 ) ( Deuteronomy 2:36 ) : the glory of the country;
as the above cities were, and what follow: Bethjeshimoth;
this was formerly in the tribe of Reuben, now in the possession of the Moabites, and one of their principal cities, ( Joshua 13:20 ) : Baalmeon;
the same with Bethbaalmeon, and which was also of the tribe of Reuben, ( Joshua 13:17 ) ( Numbers 32:38 ) , in Jerom's time it was a large village in Moab, about nine miles from Heshbon: some think by Meon is meant Menes, or Osiris the god of the Egyptians, and so this might be a temple of his; or at least he might have a temple in it, from whence it had its name: and Kirjathaim;
or the double city, built also by the Reubenites, ( Numbers 32:37 ) ( Joshua 13:19 ) , now in the hands of the Moabites, ten miles from Medeba; on this side of the country of Moab, and through these cities, the Lord threatens to open a way for their enemies to enter in and destroy them, as follows:
F20 (Ptk) (ton wmon) , Sept.; "humerum", V. L. Montanus.
F21 (Myrehm) "ab ipsis", Haris, Junius & Tremellius, Polanus.