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Genesis 25:2

    Genesis 25:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    She became the mother of Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah.

    Webster's Revision

    And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

    World English Bible

    She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 25:2

    Zimran - Stephanus Byzantinus mentions a city in Arabia Felix called Zadram, which some suppose to have been named from this son of Keturah; but it is more likely, as Calmet observes, that all these sons of Abraham resided in Arabia Deserta; and Pliny, Hist. Nat., lib. vi., c. 28, mentions a people in that country called Zamarenians, who were probably the descendants of this person.

    Jokshan - Several learned men have been of opinion that this Jokshan was the same as Kachtan, the father of the Arabs. The testimonies in favor of this opinion see in Dr. Hunt's Oration, De Antiquitate, etc., Linguae Arabicae, p. 4. Calmet supposes that the Cataneans, who inhabited a part of Arabia Deserta, sprang from this Jokshan.

    Medan, and Midian - Probably those who peopled that part of Arabia Petraea contiguous to the land of Moab eastward of the Dead Sea. St. Jerome terms the people of this country Madinaeans; and Ptolemy mentions a people called Madianites, who dwelt in the same place.

    Ishbak - From this person Calmet supposes the brook Jabbok, which has its source in the mountains of Gilead, and falls into the sea of Tiberias, took its name.

    Shuah - Or Shuach. From this man the Sacceans, near to Batanla, at the extremity of Arabia Deserta, towards Syria, are supposed to have sprung. Bildad the Shuhite, one of Job's friends, is supposed to have descended from this son of Abraham.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 25:2

    The endeavors to ascertain the tribes that descended from these six sons of Keturah have not been very successful. Zimran has been compared with Ζαβράμ Zabram (Ptol. vi. 7, 5), situated west of Mecca on the Red Sea. Jokshan with the Κασσανῖται Kassanitai (Ptol. vi. 7, 6), and with the tribe Jakish among the Himyarites in South Arabia. Medan with Μοδιάνα Modiana on the east coast of the Aelanitic Gulf. Midian is found in two localities west of the Aelanitic Gulf and east of the Salt Sea. Among the former, Moses afterward found refuge. The latter are probably east of Abraham's residence. Ishbak is compared with Shobek, a place in Idumaea. Shuah probably belongs to the same region. He may be the ancestor of Bildad the Shuhite Job 2:11. Of these, Midian alone appears to be ascertained. The others may have been absorbed in that congeries of tribes, the Arabs.