Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God; to Horeb. Bible other translations

“Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian.” “Jethro” is the priestly name of Reuel, the father-in-law of Moses (see commentary on Judg. 4:11).

“far side.” The biblical culture was oriented to the east, so the “far side” is the far west side. In this context, it is not so much where any “wilderness” (desert) area ended, but where the territory of Midian ended.

Commentary for: Exodus 3:1