beginnings; easternmost, a city of Reuben, assigned to the Levites of the family of Merari ( Joshua 13:18 ). It lay not far north-east of Dibon-gad, east of the Dead Sea.
antiquity; old age
(beginnings ), one of the towns in the district east of the Dead Sea allotted to the tribe of Reuben, ( Joshua 13:18 ) given by the Merarite Levites. ( Joshua 21:37 ; 1 Chronicles 6:79 ) It possibly conferred its name on the "wilderness," or uncultivated pasture land, "of Kedemoth." ( Numbers 21:33 ; deuteronomy 2:26 deuteronomy 2:27 ) etc.
ked'-e-moth, ke-de'-moth (qedhemoth, "eastern parts"):
From the wilderness to which this town gave its name, Moses sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites in Heshbon (Deuteronomy 2:26). It was given by Moses to the tribe of Reuben (Joshua 13:18), and assigned to the Merarite Levites (Joshua 21:37; 1 Chronicles 6:79). It must probably be sought on the upper course of the Arnon. Buhl (GAP, 268) suggests that it may be identified with Umm er-Resas.
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