an enclosure; a wall, a part, probably, of the Arabian desert, on the north-eastern border of Egypt, giving its name to a wilderness extending from Egypt toward Philistia (Gen. 16:7; 20:1; 25:18; Ex.15:22). The name was probably given to it from the wall (or shur) which the Egyptians built to defend their frontier on the north-east from the desert tribes. This wall or line of fortifications extended from Pelusium to Heliopolis.
From the reed-sea the Israelites marched into the wilderness of shur, and for three days found no water.
shur'n it's more av them that ought to be laying at the bottom of the sea with a mill stone around their neck.
From the wilderness of shur to the great bitter lake there was blood by day and fire by night.
Taru may be identical with the word shur, which appears in the Hebrew name of this highway.
Clearly then this also must have been written in Egypt, since only to a person living there would shur be on the way to Assyria.
He had all the chief captains and counsellors to hear him, and smote them hip and thigh, and pursued them even unto shur.
They had their home, it is said, in the desert which extended from shur to Havilah.