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“‘Then they went through the wilderness and circled around the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and came to the east side of the land of Moab, and they camped on the other side of the Arnon; but they did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab. Bible

“and circled around the land of Edom and the land of Moab.” Israel had wanted to travel on the King’s Highway but ended up having to go quite far east to go around Edom and Moab through the Arabian desert.

“the east side of the land of Moab.” The Hebrew is more literally, the side of the rising of the sun.

“they camped on the other side of the Arnon.” The Israelites came out of the wilderness from the southeast, crossed the Arnon River into the territory of the Amorites, and camped there. South of the Arnon is Moab, so Israel did not camp in Moab.


Commentary for: Judges 11:18