Deuteronomy 34:3

3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.

Read Deuteronomy 34:3 Using Other Translations

And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.
the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar.
the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho—the city of palms—as far as Zoar.

What does Deuteronomy 34:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 34:3

And the south
The southern part of the land, even all of it; and having shown him that, he is directed eastward to take a view of

the plain of the valley of Jericho;
which lay before him, a delightful plain; see ( Joshua 5:10 ) ;

the city of palm trees;
so Jericho was called, because of the multitude of palm trees which grew there, and which Josephus not only testifies {r}, who speaks of it as a plain planted with palm trees, and from whence balsam comes; but several Heathen writers: Pliny says F19 Jericho was set with palm trees; Diodorus Siculus F20 speaks of the country about Jericho as abounding with palm trees, and in a certain valley, meaning the vale or plains of Jericho, is produced that which is called balsam; so Strabo says F21, Jericho is a plain surrounded with mountains abounding with palm trees, where there is a plantation of palm trees, with other fruit trees, the space of a hundred furlongs:

unto Zoar;
near the salt sea; see ( Genesis 19:22 ) .


F18 De Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 18. sect. 5. & l. 4. c. 8. sect. 2.
F19 Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 14.
F20 Bibliothec. l. 2. p. 132.
F21 Geograph. l. 16. p. 525.
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