Previous Next

Table of Contents

Marah


Ma’rah (bitterness), a place which lay in the wilderness of Shur or Etham, three days journey distant, Ex. 15:23; Num. 33:8, from the place at which the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, and where was a spring of bitter water, sweetened subsequently by the casting in of a tree which “the Lord showed” to Moses. Howarah, distant 16½ hours (47 miles) from Ayoun Mousa, the Israelites’ first encampment, has been by many identified with it, apparently because it is the bitterest water in the neighborhood.