Genesis 25:16

Overview - Genesis 25
The sons of Abraham by Keturah.
The division of his goods.
His age, death, and burial.
11 God blesses Isaac.
12 The generations of Ishmael.
17 His age and death.
19 Isaac prays for Rebekah, being barren.
22 The children strive in her womb.
24 The birth of Esau and Jacob.
27 Their different characters and pursuits.
29 Esau sells his birthright.
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Genesis 25:16  (King James Version)
These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

The word {tiroth,} rendered "castles," is supposed by some to denote here "towers," fortified rocks, or mountain-tops, and fastnesses of various kinds in woods and hilly countries; but it rather means, "shepherds' cots," surrounded by sufficient enclosures to prevent the cattle from straying, as the cognate Syriac word {teyaro,} and Arabic {tawar,} signify "a sheep-fold."

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