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BEER ("well"):

  • 1. A halting-place of the Israelites near Arnon, in Moab, where they stopped during their wanderings in the desert (Num. xxi. 16). On the finding of the well a song was composed (Num. xxi. 17, 18): one of the earliest poetic pieces of the Bible. See an article by Budde in "The New World," March, 1895.
  • 2. A place to which Jotham fled from his brother Abimelech (Judges ix. 21). This place has not been identified, though so much appears probable, that it was within the territory assigned to Manasseh.
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