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En-gediI Samuel 23:29 (The Israel Bible™)
וַיַּעַל דָּוִד מִשָּׁם וַיֵּשֶׁב בִּמְצָדוֹת עֵין גֶּדִי
Hear the verse in Hebrew
va-YA-al da-VEED mee-SHAM va-ye-SHEV be’-METZ-u-DAT AYN Ge-dee
Israel’s Desert Blooms
In times of great danger, David escaped to the wilderness. At the end of Shmuel I chapter 23, having almost met his demise at the hands of Shaul (Saul), David flees to a fortresses in the hills above Ein Gedi, located in the Judean desert. The desert is a place of solitude and shelter. Shaul will have great difficulty finding David among the cliffs and caves of the Judean desert. Five hundred years later, Yirmiyahu (Isaiah) yearns for a respite from rebuking the nation of Israel in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and he also desires to escape to the desert (Jeremiah 9:1). Over a thousand years later, Simon Bar Kokhba flees to the same mountains, and from there he plans his rebellion against the Roman regime controlling the land of Israel. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of Hashem’s (God’s) blessings, it is filled with life.