In Bible versions:
holiness of an inconstant son
an oasis 100 km south of Gaza & 120 km NNW of Ezion-Geber, where Israel made an encampment
Kadesh-barnea = "holy"
1) a city in the extreme south of Judah
1a) same as 'Kedesh' and 'Kadesh'
6947 Qadesh Barnea` kaw-dashe' bar-nay'-ah
from the same as 6946 and an otherwise unused word (apparently compounded of a correspondent to 1251 and a derivative of 5128) meaning desert of a fugitive; Kadesh of (the) Wilderness of Wandering; Kadesh-Barnea, a place in the Desert: KJV -- Kadesh-barnea.
see HEBREW for 06946
see HEBREW for 01251
see HEBREW for 05128
- ka'-desh-bar'-ne-a (qadhesh barnea`; Kades): Mentioned 10 times; called also "Kadesh" simply. The name perhaps means "the holy place of the desert of wandering." There are references to Kadesh in early history. At En-mishpat ("the same is Kadesh") Chedorlaomer and his allies smote the Amalekite and Amorite. Abraham dwelt near Kadesh, and it was at Beer-lahai-roi between Kadesh and Bered that the Angel of Yahweh appeared to Hagar (Gen 14:7
). It was an important camp of the Israelites during their wanderings, and seems to have been their headquarters for 38 years (Dt 1:2
; Judith 5:14). There the returning spies found the camp (Nu 13:26
); there Miriam died and was buried (Nu 20:1
); from thence messengers were sent to the king of Edom (Nu 20:14
; Jdg 11:16
ff). There the people rebelled because of the want of water, and Moses brought water from the rock (Nu 20:2
ff); it was called therefore Meribath--or Meriboth-Kadesh (Nu 27:14
; Ezek 47:19
). It was situated in the wilderness of Zin (Nu 20:1
) in the hill country of the Amorites (Dt 1:19
), 11 days' journey from Horeb, by the way of Mt. Seir (Dt 1:2
), "in the uttermost" of the border of Edom (Nu 20:16
), and on the southern border, probably the Southeast corner, of Judah (Ezek 47:19
; compare Judith 19). See Cobern, Homiletic Review, April and May, 1914.
S. F. Hunter