So we went on past our relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from the Arabah road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber, and traveled along the desert road of Moab.
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 Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.”
(The Emites used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.
Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites.
Horites 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 did in the land the LORD gave them as their possession.)
And the LORD said, “Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.” So we crossed the valley.
Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them.
The LORD’s hand was against them until he had completely eliminated 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.