New American Standard Bible
He said, "Which way shall we go up?" And he answered, "The way of the wilderness of Edom."
King James Bible
And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he said, By way of the wilderness of Edom.
World English Bible
He said, "Which way shall we go up?" He answered, "The way of the wilderness of Edom."
Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Where is this -- the way we go up?' and he saith, 'The way of the wilderness of Edom.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The readiest and most natural "way" was across the Jordan near Jericho into the Arboth-Moab, and then along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea to Moab proper, the tract south of the Arnon. But the way chosen was that which led to the Edomite country, namely, round the southern extremity of the Dead Sea, and across the Arabah, or continuation of the Jordan and Dead Sea valley. Thus would be effected a junction with the forces of Edom, which had resumed its dependence on Judah, though the year before it had been in alliance with Moab 2 Chronicles 20:22; and they would come upon the Moabites unprepared.
LibraryThe Old Testament and Archeology
A century ago the student of the world's history found it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to paint for himself a clear picture of events antedating B.C. 400. Concerning earlier periods, he was, aside from the Old Testament, practically without records that could claim contemporaneousness with the events recorded. But, one hundred years ago, men had commenced to test every statement, be it historical, or scientific, or theological, by severe canons of criticism, and if it could not stand …
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The Prophet Amos.
2 Kings 3:7
Then he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?" And he said, "I will go up; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
2 Kings 3:9
So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom; and they made a circuit of seven days' journey, and there was no water for the army or for the cattle that followed them.
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