The district around En-gedi, near the western coast of the Dead Sea, is reported by travellers to be a mountainous territory, filled with caverns; and consequently, proper for David in his present circumstances. Dr. Lightfoot thinks this was the wilderness of Judah, in which David was when he penned the
[[A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.]] O God, thou
] my God; early
will I seek thee: my soul
thirsteth for thee, my flesh
longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is
, which breathes as much pious and devout affection as almost any of his Psalms; for in all places and in all conditions he still kept up his communion with God. - If Christians knew their privileges better, and acted up thereto, there would be less murmuring at the dark dispensations of Divine Providence.
1 Samuel 24:1
And it came to pass, when Saul
was returned from following
the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David [is
] in the wilderness
And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which [is
, and smote all the country of the Amalekites
, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.
And Nibshan, and the city of
Salt, and Engedi; six cities with their villages.
2 Chronicles 20:2
Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea
on this side Syria; and, behold, they [be
] in Hazazontamar, which [is
Song of Songs 1:14
] unto me [as
] a cluster of camphire
in the vineyards of Engedi.
And it shall come to pass, [that
] the fishers
shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a [place
] to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish
of the great sea