Numbers 13:3

Overview - Numbers 13
The names of the men who were sent to search the land.
17 Their instructions.
21 Their acts.
26 Their relation.
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Numbers 13:3  (King James Version)
And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

The wilderness of Paran, says Dr. Wells, seems to have been taken in a larger, and in a stricter sense. In the larger sense, it seems to have denoted all the desert and mountainous tract, lying between the wilderness of Shur westward, and mount Seir, or the land of Edom, eastward, the land of Canaan northward, and the Red sea southward. And in this sense, it seems to have comprehended the wilderness of Sin, and the wilderness of Sinai, also the adjoining tract wherein lay Kibroth-hattaavah and Hazeroth. In this sense it may be understood in Deuteronomy 1:19 ,where, by "that great and terrible wilderness," is intended the wilderness of Paran in its largest acceptation; for, in its stricter acceptation, it seems not to have been so great and terrible a wilderness; but is taken to denote more peculiarly that part of Arabia Petra which lies between mount Sinai and Hazeroth west, and mount Seir east.
12:16 32:8 Deuteronomy 1:19 Deuteronomy 1:23 ; 9:23