When the Canaanite, the king of Arad who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming by the Atharim Road; and he fought against Israel and took some of them captive. Bible see other translations

“Atharim road.” The Hebrew reads, “road of atharim” (often translated “way of atharim” where “way” refers to a path or road). The meaning of atharim is debated, but it most likely means “spies.” It was likely a caravan route to and from Egypt.

Commentary for: Numbers 21:1