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Bible history - ancient cities - Moab

Updated on November 26, 2010


Land of Moab

THE land of Moab lay east and south-east of the Dead Sea, and chiefly south of the river Arnon. At one period, however, it extended north as far as the Jabbok, and for a long time the region beyond the Jordan opposite Jericho retained the name of " the plains of Moab."

Mobites and Israelites

In ancient times, it was home to the kingdom of the Moabites, a people often in conflict with their Israelite neighbors to the west. On the approach of Israel from Egypt, the Moabites acted with great inhumanity, (Num. xxii. 24—Deut. ii. 8, 9); and though God spared, them from conquest, he excluded them and their seed even to the tenth generation from the peculiar privileges of his people.  

The Moabites, relatives of the Israelites, were to be excluded from the assembly of worshipers, because: “They did not come to meet you with food and drink when you were on your way out of Egypt, and even hired Balaam, son of Beor, to oppose you by cursing you.” (Deuteronomy 23:3-5).The Israelites were allowed to harass Moab, but were forbidden to wage war on them.

Destroyed for idol worship

The Moabites were gross idolaters, worshipping Chemosh and "Baal-peor with obscene rites, and sometimes with human sacrifice. It was in its highest state of prosperity that the prophets foretold that it should be utterly destroyed


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