(a lodging-place), a very ancient city south of Gaza. It occurs chiefly in Genesis (Genesis 10:19; 20:1; 26:17), also incidentally in 2 Chronicles 14:13-14. It must have trenched on the “south” or “south country” of later Palestine. From a comparison of Genesis 21:32 with Genesis 26:23, 26 Beersheba would seem to be just on the verge of this territory, and perhaps to be its limit towards the northeast.
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866)