Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:12 - 3:12

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Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:12 - 3:12


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Review of the Distribution of the Conquered Land. - The land which the Israelites had taken belonging to these two kingdoms was given by Moses to the two tribes and a half for their possession, viz., the southern portion from Aroer in the Arnon valley (see at Num 32:34), and half Gilead (as far as the Jabbok: see at Deu 3:10) with its towns, which are enumerated in Jos 13:15-20 and Jos 13:24-28, to the Reubenites and Gadites; and the northern half of Gilead, with the whole of Bashan (i.e., all the region of Argob: see at Deu 3:4, and Num 32:33), to the half-tribe of Manasseh. לְכָל־הַבָּשָׁן, “as for all Bashan,” is in apposition to “all the region of Argob,” and the לְ simply serves to connect it; for “all the region of Argob” was not merely one portion of Bashan, but was identical with “all Bashan,” so far as it belonged to the kingdom of Og (see at v. 4). All this region passed for a land of giants. הִקָּרֵא, to be called, i.e., to be, and to be recognised as being.