Recounting History

So we went on, away from our brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the Arabah road from Elath and Ezion-geber.

“And we turned and went in the direction of the wilderness of Moab. And the Lord said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to the people of Lot for a possession.’ (The Emim formerly lived there, a people great and many, and tall as the Anakim. Like the Anakim they are also counted as Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim. The Horites also lived in Seir formerly, but the people of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place, as Israel did to the land of their possession, which the Lord gave to them.) Deuteronomy 2:8-12.

This retelling of history to the Obedient Generation fills in some interesting details. For one, the Moabites were not on the original list to be destroyed. They only got in trouble when they led the children of Israel into idolatry and debauchery. Also, Lot, the ancestor of Moab, was given this land to displace the mysterious race of giants that go by different names. They are the hybrid creatures that came about when fallen angels bred with humans.

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