And the south side southward from Tamar
Not Jericho, as the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, called by this name from the palm trees which grew near it; according to Jerom, this is Palmyra, so called for the same reason; but it is rather Engedi, called Hazazontamar, ( 2 Chronicles 20:2 ) , the line of the southern border began here, and went on, even to the waters of strife in Kadesh;
to the waters of Meribah in Kadesh; so called, from the strivings of the children of Israel with the Lord there, ( Numbers 20:1 Numbers 20:13 ) : the river to the great sea;
it proceeded by the river of Egypt, the river Sihor, the Nile, which is before Egypt, ( Joshua 13:3 ) ( 15:47 ) and so on to the Mediterranean sea: and this is the south side southward;
the south side of the land, and the southern border of it.