And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
“So we bypassed the territory of our relatives, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We avoided the road through the Arabah Valley that comes up from Elath and Ezion-geber. “Then as we turned north along the desert route through Moab,
And when we passed by from our brethren the children of
Esau, which dwelt in Self
Along their coasts, by the borders of their country:
through the way of the plain;
the wilderness of Zin, where Kadesh was:
from Elath and Eziongeber;
the two ports on the shore of the Red sea in the land of Edom; it
was from the latter they came to Kadesh; see ( Numbers
33:36 ) . Elath was ten miles from Petra, the metropolis of
Edom, to the east of it, as Jerom says F26; it is
by Josephus F1 called Aelana, and by the Septuagint
here Ailon; from whence the Elanitic bay has its name; he speaks
of it as not far from Eziongeber, which he says was then called
we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of
the wilderness which is before Moab, towards the sun rising or
the east, ( Numbers
21:11 ) .
F26 De loc. Heb. fol. 91. E. F1 Antiqu. l. 8. c. 6. sect. 4.