The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleDeuteronomy 1:2
There are eleven days' journey from Horeb, by the way of Mount
Seir, to Kadeshbarnea.
] Not that the Israelites came thither in
eleven days from Horeb, for they stayed by the way at Kibrothhattaavah, a
whole month at least, and seven days at Hazeroth; but the sense is,
that this was the computed distance between the two places; it was what
was reckoned a man might walk in eleven days; and if we reckon a
day's journey twenty miles, of which (See Gill on 3:3), the
distance must be two hundred and twenty miles. But Dr. Shaw F5 allows
but ten miles for a day's journey, and then it was no more than one
hundred and ten, and indeed a camp cannot be thought to move faster;
but not the day's journey of a camp, but of a man, seems to be
intended, who may very well walk twenty miles a day for eleven days
running; but it seems more strange that another learned traveller
F6 should place Kadeshbarnea at eight hours, or ninety miles
distance only from Mount Sinai. Moses computes not the time that
elapsed between those two places, including their stations, but only
the time of travelling; and yet Jarchi says, though it was eleven
days' journey according to common computation, the Israelites
performed it in three days; for he observes that they set out from
Horeb on the twentieth of Ijar, and on the twenty ninth of Sivan the
spies were sent out from Kadeshbarnea; and if you take from hence the
whole month they were at one place, and the seven days at another,
there will be but three days left for them to travel in. And he adds,
that the Shechinah, or divine Majesty, pushed them forward, to hasten
their going into the land; but they corrupting themselves, he turned
them about Mount Seir forty years. It is not easy to say for what
reason these words are expressed, unless it be to show in how short a
time the Israelites might have been in the land of Canaan, in a few
days' journey from Horeb, had it not been for their murmurings and
unbelief, for which they were turned into the wilderness again, and
travelled about for the space of thirty eight years afterwards. Aben
Ezra is of opinion, that the eleven days, for the word "journey" is
not in the text, are to be connected with the preceding words; and
that the sense is, that Moses spake these words in the above places,
in the eleven days they went from Horeb to Kadesh.
F5 De loc. Heb. fol. 92. I.
F6 Pococke's Description of the East, vol. 1. p. 157.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 1:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=de&chapter=001&verse=002>. 1999.