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Deuteronomy 2:20

20 (That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.

Read Deuteronomy 2:20 Using Other Translations

(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
(It is also counted as a land of Rephaim. Rephaim formerly lived there--but the Ammonites call them Zamzummim--
(That area was once considered the land of the Rephaites, who had lived there, though the Ammonites call them Zamzummites.

What does Deuteronomy 2:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 2:20

That also was accounted a land of giants
Ammon was so reckoned as well as Moab, ( Deuteronomy 2:10 Deuteronomy 2:11 )

giants dwelt therein in old time;
the Rephaim dwelt there, as they did also in Ashteroth Karnaim, ( Genesis 14:5 )

and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
they are thought to be the same with the Zuzims in ( Genesis 14:5 ) who had their name, as Hillerus F3 thinks, from Mezuzah, a door post, from their tall stature, being as high as one; and for a like reason Saph the giant might have his name, ( 2 Samuel 21:18 ) . The word Zamzummims, according to him F4, signifies contrivers of evil and terrible things; they were inventors of wickedness, crafty and subtle in forming wicked and mischievous designs, which struck terror into people, and made them formidable to them.


FOOTNOTES:

F3 Onomastic. Sacr. p. 158, 288, 289.
F4 Onomastic. Sacr. p. 161, 310, 428.
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