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By Jeff A. Benner

And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. (Numbers 21:33, ASV)

In Hebrew, this name is written as עוג ('og, Strong's #5747). This name is derived from the Hebrew verb עוג ('ug, Strong's #5746), which means "bake," but probably more specifically "to bake round breads on hot stones." Derived from this verb is the noun עוגה (ugah, Strong's #5692) meaning "baked bread," or more specifically a "round bread" that is baked on hot stones. The masculine form of this noun is עוג (og) and is the source for the name עוג ('og, Strong's #5747). The meaning of this masculine noun is unknown, but most likely has the same or similar meaning as the feminine form of the noun. If that is the case, the meaning of the name of Og, the king of Bashan that fought with Israel in Deuteronomy 3 and was defeated, means "a lump of dough thrown on the hot coals."

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