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Go to Bible: Deuteronomy 2
 
Deu 2:1

“circled around.” This is the literal Hebrew, and it refers to the fact that the Israelites traveled around the area of Edom.

“Seir.” This is Edom.

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Deu 2:4

“your brothers.” The Edomites were distant relatives of the Israelites. Both Esau (Edom) and Jacob (Israel) were children of Isaac and grandchildren of Abraham.

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“buy water.” In the ancient Near East, and even until recent times, wells were owned by the people who dug them. When Israel was traveling through desert lands they would have had to pay for the privilege of getting water from any wells dug there.

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Deu 2:7

“known your walking.” This is the idiomatic sense (or, “pregnant sense”) of the word “known,” meaning that God knew Israel and cared for Israel. It has the implication of, “I took care of you while you walked” in the wilderness. [For more on the pregnant sense of a word, see commentary on Luke 23:42, “remember.”]

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Deu 2:10

“the Anakim.” Anak was a “Fallen One,” one of the Nephilim, and his descendants were the Anakim. The Emim were also Nephilim, as we see here and Deuteronomy 2:11. [For more on the Nephilim, see commentary on Gen. 6:4].

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Deu 2:11

“the Anakim.” The Anakim were descendants of Anak, who was one of the Nephilim (Num. 13:33), and thus they were related to the Rephaim, the descendants of Rapha (Joshua left some in the Philistine country (Josh. 11:22), cp. 2 Sam. 21:16, 18, 20, 22). [For more on the Nephilim, see commentary on Gen. 6:4].

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Deu 2:12

“just as Israel did.” This is referring to the tribes of Gad and Reuben, who conquered land in the Transjordan and lived there, and that happened in the last year of the wilderness wandering before Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

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Deu 2:13

“cross over the brook Zered.” The “brook Zered” (more properly, “the Wadi Zered”) feeds into the south end of the Dead Sea and was considered the northern border of Edom and the southern border of Moab.

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Deu 2:14

“The days in which we came from Kadesh-barnea until we had crossed over the brook Zered were 38 years.” This shows that the book of Numbers covers 38 years of the 40 years of the wilderness wanderings of Israel. The wanderings started when Israel refused to go into the Promised Land (Num. 13:1-14:4). The Book of Deuteronomy only covers the last month of Moses’ life and the 30 days of mourning over his death, a period of only two months. When Israel refused to enter the Promised Land, God swore that all the mature men of that generation would perish in the wilderness (Num. 14:20-33).

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Deu 2:20

“Rephaim.” These were descendants of Rapha, and were Nephilim. [For more on the Nephilim, see commentary on Gen. 6:4].

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Deu 2:21

“the Anakim.” The Anakim were descendants of Anak, who was one of the Nephilim (Num. 13:33), and thus they were related to the Rephaim, the descendants of Rapha (cp. Deut. 2:11. See also 2 Sam. 21:16, 18, 20, 22).

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Deu 2:31

“begin to possess it so that you inherit his land.” The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh wanted land in the Transjordan (east of the Jordan River) and conquest of Sihon and the Amorite lands was part of the agreement that they made with Moses to settle in Transjordan (Num. 32:1-42).

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Deu 2:34

“Devoted to destruction.” The Hebrew text is just “devoted,” but the context shows that it means “devoted to destruction” (see commentary on Josh. 6:17).

“devoted to destruction...including the women and the little ones.” The Canaanite nations had been genetically corrupted by Nephilim, and could not be godly or redeemed. They had to be destroyed. This is also stated in places such as Deuteronomy 7:2 and 20:16-18. [For information on the Nephilim, see commentary on Genesis 6:2 and Genesis 6:4].

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