Sheth

Sheth

1 A form of Seth, the name of the third son of Adam (Gen 4:25). 2 A word usually taken as a proper noun referring to a group of people (“sons of Sheth”) associated with the Moabites (Num 24:17). However, it is likely that the word is a (deliberately?) corrupted form of the Hebrew word for “tumult” used to describe the warlike nature of the Moabites (thus, “sons of Sheth” means “sons of tumult”; cf. Jer 48:45). Since Sheth is a form of Seth (1 above), this may be a wordplay that identifies the Moabites as distant kinsmen of the Israelites while at the same time condemning their aggression against them (Num 22:1-4).

Gen 4:25

25Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed hi ... View more

Num 24:17

17I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near—
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the borderlands of ... View more

Jer 48:45

45In the shadow of Heshbon
fugitives stop exhausted;
for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,
a flame from the house of Sihon;
it has destroyed the forehead of Moa ... View more

Num 22:1-4

Balak Summons Balaam to Curse Israel
1The Israelites set out, and camped in the plains of Moab across the Jordan from Jericho.2Now Balak son of Zippor saw all t ... View more

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