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sōō´fa ( סוּפה , sūphāh , for בּסוּפה והב , wāhēbh beṣūphāh ; Septuagint reads τῆν Ζωὼβ ἐθλόγισε , tḗn Zōṓb ephlógise ; the King James Version Rea Sea ): Suphah is the region in which Vaheb is situated ( Numbers 21:14 ). It is probably identical with Suph of Deuteronomy 1:1 . Tristram (Land of Moab , 50 f) suggested identification with Ghōr eṣ -Ṣāfiyeh , a small oasis East of the mud fiats of Eṣ -Sebkhah , South of the Dead Sea; but "the sibilants do not correspond, and Ṣāfiyeh is a specifically Arabic term (Wetzstein in Delitzsch, Gen4 , 586, note 2) which does not seem to be a likely explanation of Suphah" (Gray, "Nu," ICC , 285 f). This, and other questions of identification, must wait for solution until a more thorough exploration of the whole district has been accomplished.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Suphah'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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