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River of Egypt

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(1) Νehar Μitsraim (Genesis 15:18); "the Nile".

(2) Νahal Μitsaim (Numbers 34:5; Joshua 15:3-4; Joshua 15:47; 1 Kings 8:65; 2 Kings 24:7); "the torrent of Egypt": see above nahal , "a stream flowing rapidly in the rainy season, then drying up", inapplicable to the sluggish Nile ever flowing. The Rhinocorura or Rhinocolora (so Septuagint of Isaiah 27:12) on the sea coast, a wady and torrent running into the sea two or three days' journey from the nearest branch of the Nile. Now wady el Arish. Though not in Egypt, it was the last torrent of any raze on the way toward Egypt from the N. In Joshua 13:3, "from Sihor which is before Egypt," the same torrent is marked as Israel's southern boundary, as the entering in of Hamath is the northern (Numbers 34:5; Numbers 34:8). The Nile was not "before" (i.e. east of) Egypt, but flowed through the middle of the land; so 1 Chronicles 13:5. Shihor, "the black river," is the Nile's designation in Deuteronomy 23:3; Jeremiah 2:18.


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'River of Egypt'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/r/river-of-egypt.html. 1949.

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