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He divided himself against them by night, he and his servants, and struck them and pursued them to Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. Bible

“left hand of Damascus.” That is, north. In our Western culture, we ordinarily turn our maps to point north, and think of East as “to the right” of north. In the biblical culture, everyone thought of East as “straight ahead” because it was where the sun rose, and the sun was a blessing from God. So, for example, the Tabernacle and Temple had their entrances to the East. The Messiah is called, “the sunrise from on High” (Luke 1:78) because when he comes he will dispel these dark times. So the “left hand of Damascus is north of Damascus. While it would have been easy to put “north of Damascus” in the REV text, we believe it is important that the student of Scripture keep in mind that the biblical world was oriented to the East; it comes up in a number of verses.


Commentary for: Genesis 14:15