(Deuteronomy 1:1, Revised King James Version; marginal note, “some ancient versions have the Red Sea,” as in the King James Version)

Some identify it with Suphah (Numbers 21:14, marginal note, King James Version) as probably the name of a place. Others identify it with es-Sufah = Maaleh-acrabbim (Joshua 15:3), and others again with Zuph (1 Samuel 9:5). It is most probable, however, that, in accordance with the ancient versions, this word is to be regarded as simply an abbreviation of Yam-suph, i.e., the “Red Sea.”