Medeba, from the Hebrew pronounced may-deh-baw, meaning quiet waters, was an ancient city in Moab about 14 miles / 23 kilometers east of the Dead Sea (see The Salt Sea), and 6 miles / 10 kilometers southeast of Mount Nebo where Moses died and was buried. It was assigned to the tribe of Reuben by Moses when the Israelites were advancing to take possession of the Promised Land. If one includes those assigned Israelite lands east of The Jordan River, today's political boundaries even more so do not fulfill God's command that the Israelites possess all of the land Israel, including all of Jerusalem, all of Judea, all of Samaria, and a very large territory east of the Jordan which is today occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan (see Tribal Lands). The ruins of Medeba, now also known as Madiyabah, include large cisterns that some believe were the reason for the name "waters of quiet."

The area of Medeba was taken by the Israelites after Sihon king of the Amorites opposed their request to peacefully pass through his territory:

Medeba was included in the land assigned to the tribe of Reuben:

In the time of King David, it was at Medeba that Joab defeated the Ammonites and their allies:

Fact Finder: Was Medeba included in Isaiah's lament for Moab?
Isaiah 15:2

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