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 20:14
 20:15
20:14 Fourth Reading
Moses sent envoys from Kadesh to the King of Edom [with the following message]: 'This is what your brother Israel declares: You know about all the troubles that we have encountered.
Vayishlach Moshe mal'achim miKadesh el-melech Edom koh amar achicha Yisra'el atah yadata et kol-hatla'ah asher metsa'atnu.
20:15 Our fathers migrated to Egypt and we lived in Egypt for a long time. The Egyptians mistreated both our fathers and us.
Vayerdu avoteynu Mitsraymah vaneshev beMitsrayim yamim rabim vayare'u lanu Mitsrayim vela'avoteynu.



Commentary:

from Kadesh
  Apparently right after Miriam's death (cf. Seder Olam 9). Josephus, however, has this before Miriam's death (see note on Numbers 20:1). See Deuteronomy 2:4-8.

King of Edom
  This is Hadar, mentioned in Genesis 36:39 (Seder HaYashar, p.217). Edom lived in the area south of the Dead Sea (cf. Adereth Eliahu).

brother
  Edom consisted of the descendants of Jacob's brother Esau (see Genesis 25:30, 36:1, 36:8, 36:9, 36:19).





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