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I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Bible

“spacious land.” We normally do not think of Israel as a “spacious land,” since it is small compared to other countries, but at this time in Egypt’s history, the only fertile land in Egypt was within a very short distance from the Nile River; all the rest was desert. So the Egypt that was livable south of the Nile delta was only a few miles wide, and compared to that, Israel was “spacious.”

“honey.” Although this may refer to date syrup, or “date honey,” archaeologists have recently discovered solid evidence that bees were cultivated for their honey in the ancient world.


Commentary for: Exodus 3:8