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Hebrew: “shittah.”

This word appears in the NRSV, NKJV and NIV, but not in the King James Bible. See: Exodus 25:5.

Some believe the “shittah” was the Acacia seyal (the gum-arabic tree); called the “shittah” tree (Isaiah 41:19). Its wood is called shittim wood (Exodus 26:15, 26; 25:10, 13, 23, 28, etc.). This species (Acacia seyal) is like the hawthorn, a gnarled and thorny tree. It yields the gum-arabic of commerce. It is found in abundance in the Sinai peninsula.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.