And the Lord said unto me
When upon the borders of Moab:
distress not the Moabites, neither contend with than in battle;
besiege not any of their cities, nor draw them into a battle, or provoke them to fight:
for I will not give thee of their land for a possession;
at least not as yet, the measure of their sins not being fully up, and the time of their punishment not come; otherwise in David's time they were subdued, and became tributaries to him, and the Edomites also, ( 2 Samuel 8:2 2 Samuel 8:14 ) ,
because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession;
so the Moabites were, they sprung from Moab, a son of Lot by his firstborn daughter, ( Genesis 19:37 ) . Ar was the metropolis of Moab, called Ar of Moab, ( Isaiah 15:1 ) and is here put for the whole country of Moab; so Aben Ezra interprets it of Moab. Jarchi says it is the name of the province; in the Septuagint version it called Aroer.