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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary
Travellers are at a loss to determine whether the original Kabesh we read of Genesis 14:7 is the same with the Kadesh, Numbers 13:26. And it is not clearly accounted for, wherefore Barnea was added to it. The term Kadesh means holy. Barnea is a compound of Bar, a sonâ€”and Nuah, one who is moving about. Perhaps Barnea might have been given to Kadesh, from the frequent movings about of Israel while in the wilderness state. And in this sense the name was well-termed, and may be said of the church always on earth. Oh! that our journeyings might be ever to Kadesh, and always as Kadesh; for surely Moses said, so in Jesus it may be said of the church now, "ye are an holy people unto the Lord thy God." (Deuteronomy 7:6) It. was at Kadesh Miriam died. Here also was the memorable rebellion of Israel concerning water; and here the Lord's grace notwithstanding that rebellion. (See Numbers 20:1-13; Psalms 106:32-33)
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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Kadesh-Barnea'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/pmd/k/kadesh-barnea.html. London. 1828.