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And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:9 Distress not the Moabites. Even though the Moabites had refused to let Israel pass through their land, the Lord did not want Israel to attack the Moabites. The same stricture applied to the Ammonites (Deuteronomy 2:19). Both peoples were descended from Abraham’s nephew Lot (Genesis 19:37,38).

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