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plain, in the Revised Version of 2 Kings 14:25; Josh. 3:16; 8:14; 2 Sam. 2:29; 4:7 (in all these passages the A.V. has “plain”); Amos 6:14 (A.V. “wilderness”). This word is found in the Authorized Version only in Josh. 18:18. It denotes the hollow depression through which the Jordan flows from the Lake of Galilee to the Dead Sea. It is now called by the Arabs el-Ghor. But the Ghor is sometimes spoken of as extending 10 miles south of the Dead Sea, and thence to the Gulf of Akabah on the Red Sea is called the Wady el-Arabah.

Historical Examples

The third of these heroes, the blind arabah, at the hour of prayer, was supporting his steps on the shoulders of two slaves.
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon

The word desert in Hebrew is “arabah” and means “plain,” which is the plain of Jordan.
The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein

The mountain rises about four thousand feet above the arabah and has a peculiar double crest.
The Expositor’s Bible:The Book of Numbers Robert A. Watson

Herodotus regarded it as a portion of Arabia, which he carried across the valley of the arabah and made abut on the Mediterranean.
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 4. (of 7): Babylon George Rawlinson

The district which Amaziah seems to have conquered was mainly west of the arabah.
The Expositor’s Bible F. W. Farrar

Its chief town was Petra, in the mountains east of the arabah valley.
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 4. (of 7): Babylon George Rawlinson

This part of the great fissure is called the valley of arabah.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. V, No. XXIX., October, 1852 Various

This is to be distinguished from the Wilderness of Zin, or the arabah, on the eastern side of the peninsula.
The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut

We have assumed that Kadesh was on the western side of the arabah, and it is necessary to take ver.
The Expositor’s Bible:The Book of Numbers Robert A. Watson

On the west, along the side of the arabah, is a line of low limestone hills.
The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut


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