So we went on past our brothers the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from1 the Arabah2 road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber,3 and traveled along the desert road of Moab.49
Then the LORD said to me, "Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar5 to the descendants of Lot6 as a possession."
(The Emites7 used to live there--a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.811
Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites,9 but the Moabites called them Emites.
Horites10 used to live in Seir, but the descendants of Esau drove them out. They destroyed the Horites from before them and settled in their place, just as Israel did11 in the land the LORD gave them as their possession.)
And the LORD said, "Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.12" So we crossed the valley.
Thirty-eight years13 passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea14 until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation15 of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them.1615
The LORD's hand was against them until he had completely eliminated17 them from the camp.
Now when the last of these fighting men among the people had died,
the LORD said to me,
"Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar.18