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Edom (ç'dom), red. Called also Idumæa and Mount Seir. Genesis 32:3; Genesis 36:8; Genesis 19:21. The country extended from the Dead Sea southward to the Gulf of Akabah, and from the valley of the Arabah eastward to the desert of Arabia, being about 125 miles long and 30 miles wide. It was given to Esau, and called the field or land of Edom. Genesis 32:3; Genesis 36:16; Numbers 33:37. The country is well watered, rich in pasturage, abounding with trees and flowers, reminding us of Isaac's prophecy: "Thy dwellings shall be the fatness of the earth." Genesis 27:39. Its principal towns were Bozrah, Elath, Maon, Ezion-geber, Selah or Petra. Its destruction was proclaimed. Isaiah 34:5-8; Isaiah 63:1-4; Jeremiah 49:17; Ezekiel 25:12-14; Amos 1:10-11. See Esau and Idumæa.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Edom'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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