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BEER (‘a well’). 1 . A station in the journey from Arnon to the Jordan, mentioned Numbers 21:18 , with a poetical extract commemorating the digging of a well at this spot. The context indicates the neighbourhood, but further identification is wanting. Perhaps the words translated ‘and from the wilderness,’ which immediately follow this extract ( Numbers 21:18 ), should be translated (following the LXX [Note: Septuagint.] ) ‘and from Beer,’ or ‘the well.’ It is generally identified with Beer-elim (‘well of mighty men’?), mentioned Isaiah 15:8 , and in the second part of the compound name it may be conjectured that there is reference to the event commemorated in the song ( Numbers 21:17-18 ). 2 . The place to which Jotham ran away after uttering his parable ( Judges 9:21 ). Its position is unknown.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Beer'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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