A place near the Gulf of Suez, on its northwest side. It was the third and last encampment of the Hebrews, before crossing the Red Sea, Ex 14:2,9; Nu 33:7. Its exact location cannot now be determined. See EXODUS.
Israel encamped "before Pihahiroth between Migdol and the sea" (Ex 14:2). Chabas translated a papyrus (Anast. 3:1, section 2), in which the scribe Penbesa describes Rameses' visit; garlands were sent from Pehir on a river. Pihahiroth is partly Egyptian, partly Semitic. "the house (Pi) of wells, the watering place in the desert." Israel, after marching from Rameses eastward to Succoth along the old canal, and thence to Etham, were ordered by God to change their direction and go southward to Pihahiroth at, the W. of the Bitter Lakes, dose to Migdol, on its N.W. side, Migdol being on the N.W. of Baal Zephon, all three W. of the Red Sea, and opposite Ayun Musa. Now Ajrud, a fortress with a large well of good water, at the foot of an elevation that commands the plain stretching to Suez four leagues off (Nu 33:7-8).
a place before or at which the Israelites encamped, at the close of the third march from Rameses (the last place before they crossed the Red Sea), when they went out of Egypt.
It is an Egyptian word, signifying "the place where sedge grows."