Paran

(Hebrew: abounding in foliage; abounding in caverns)

A desert tract forming the north-eastern division of the peninsula of Sinai, lying between the Arabah on the east and the wilderness of Shur on the west. It is intersected in a north-western direction by the Wady el-'Arish. It bears the modern name of Badiet et-Tih, i.e., "the desert of the wanderings." This district, through which the children of Israel wandered, lay three days' march from Sinai (Numbers 10:12, 33). From Kadesh, in this wilderness, spies were sent to spy the land (Numbers 13:3, 26). Here, long afterwards, David found refuge from Saul (1 Samuel 25:1, 4).

Easton's Bible Dictionary

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