Numbers 21:17
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English Standard Version
Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!—

King James Bible
Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

American Standard Version
Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Israel sung this song: Let the well spring up. They sung thereto:

English Revised Version
Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Israel sung this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye to it:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The next encampment was "Ije-Abarim in the desert, which lies before Moab towards the sun-rising," i.e., on the eastern border of Moabitis (Numbers 33:44). As the Wady el Ahsy, which runs into the Dead Sea, in a deep and narrow rocky bed, from the south-east, and is called el Kerahy in its lower part (Burckhardt, Syr. pp. 673-4), separates Idumaea from Moabitis; Ije-Abarim (i.e., ruins of the crossings over) must be sought for on the border of Moab to the north of this wady, but is hardly to be found, as Knobel supposes, on the range of hills called el Tarfuye, which is known by the name of Orokaraye, still farther to the south, and terminates on the south-west of Kerek, whilst towards the north it is continued in the range of hills called el Ghoweithe and the mountain range of el Zoble; even supposing that the term Abarim, "the passages or sides," is to be understood as referring to these ranges of hills and mountains which skirt the land of the Amorites and Moabites, and form the enclosing sides. For the boundary line between the hills of el-Tarfuye and those of el-Ghoweithe is so near to the Arnon, that there is not the necessary space between it and the Arnon for the encampment at the brook Zared (Numbers 21:12). Ije-Abarim or Jim cannot have been far from the northern shore of the el Ahsy, and was probably in the neighbourhood of Kalaat el Hassa (Ahsa), the source of the Ahsy, and a station for the pilgrim caravans (Burckhardt, p. 1035). As the Moabites were also not to be attacked by the Israelites (Deuteronomy 2:9.), they passed along the eastern border of Moabitis as far as the brook Zared (Numbers 21:12). This can hardly have been the Wady el-Ahsy (Robinson, ii. p. 555; Ewald, Gesch. ii. p. 259; Ritter, Erdk. xv. p. 689); for that must already have been crossed when they came to the border of Moab (Numbers 21:11). Nor can it well have been "the brook Zaide, which runs from the south-east, passes between the mountain ranges of Ghoweithe and Tarfuye, and enters the Arnon, of which it forms the leading source," - the view adopted by Knobel, on the very questionable ground that the name is a corruption of Zared. In all probability it was the Wady Kerek, in the upper part of its course, not far from Katrane, on the pilgrim road (v. Raumer, Zug, p. 47: Kurtz, and others).

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Exodus 15:1,2 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing to the LORD...

Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

Psalm 105:2 Sing to him, sing psalms to him: talk you of all his wondrous works.

Psalm 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

Isaiah 12:1,2,5 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away...

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

spring up. Heb. ascend. sing ye. or answer

Cross References
Exodus 15:1
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying, "I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

Numbers 21:18
the well that the princes made, that the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter and with their staffs." And from the wilderness they went on to Mattanah,

Psalm 105:2
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

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