Moab

The country of Moab is on the east side of the Dead Sea, between Edom and Ammon. The origin of the Moabites came from the incestuous union of Lot with his eldest daughter, who bore him a son named Moab (Genesis 19:30-38).

The first appearance of the name Moab is found inscribed in front of the temple Luxor, 13th century BC. Moses was buried in Moab.

When Israel settled in the new land, the tribes of Reuben and Gad conquered parts of the country of the Amorites that had formerly belonged to Moab. There was constant fighting between Israel and Moab. Saul and David both fought there, and Ehud, one of the Judges, subdued Moab for 80 years (Judges 3:26-30).

But the two countries were also friendly to each other at times, as in the Book of Ruth. Ruth a Moabitess was the great-grandmother of King David. Moab freed itself from Israel's domination after King Ahab's death.

Sargon II speaks in his annals of the conquest of Moab and of the Moabite soldiers who later helped the Assyrians in their wars against the Arabs. Moab plundered Judah after it was defeated by Babylon, and later became part of the Babylon and Persian empires.

Many prophets condemned Moab for scoffing and boasting against Israel, and for their pride, arrogance, insolence and worshiping idols.

Today the country known as Moab does not exist, the area that was Moab during Biblical times is now part of Jordan.

Moab appears in 149 Bible verses: Gen 36:35, Ex 15:15, Num 21:11, Num 21:13, Num 21:15, Num 21:20, Num 21:26, Num 21:28, Num 21:29, Num 22:1, Num 22:3, Num 22:4, Num 22:7, Num 22:8, Num 22:10, Num 22:14, Num 22:21, Num 22:36, Num 23:6, Num 23:7, Num 23:17, Num 24:17, Num 25:1, Num 26:3, Num 26:63, Num 31:12, Num 33:44, Num 33:48, Num 33:49, Num 33:50, Num 35:1, Num 36:13, Deut 1:5, Deut 2:8, Deut 2:9, Deut 2:18, Deut 29:1, Deut 32:49, Deut 34:1, Deut 34:5, Deut 34:6, Deut 34:8, Josh 13:32, Josh 24:9, Judg 3:12, Judg 3:14, Judg 3:15, Judg 3:17, Judg 3:30, Judg 10:6, Judg 11:15, Judg 11:17, Judg 11:18, Judg 11:25, Ruth 1:1, Ruth 1:2, Ruth 1:6, Ruth 1:22, Ruth 2:6, Ruth 4:3, 1 Sam 12:9, 1 Sam 14:47, 1 Sam 22:3, 1 Sam 22:4, 2 Sam 8:2, 2 Sam 8:12, 2 Sam 23:20, 1 Kgs 11:7, 1 Kgs 11:33, 2 Kgs 1:1, 2 Kgs 3:4, 2 Kgs 3:5, 2 Kgs 3:7, 2 Kgs 3:10, 2 Kgs 3:13, 2 Kgs 3:23, 2 Kgs 3:26, 2 Kgs 23:13, 1 Chr 1:46, 1 Chr 4:22, 1 Chr 8:8, 1 Chr 11:22, 1 Chr 18:2, 1 Chr 18:11, 2 Chr 20:10, 2 Chr 20:22, 2 Chr 20:23, Neh 13:23, Ps 60:8, Ps 83:6, Ps 108:9, Isa 11:14, Isa 15:1, Isa 15:2, Isa 15:4, Isa 15:5, Isa 15:8, Isa 15:9, Isa 16:2, Isa 16:4, Isa 16:6, Isa 16:7, Isa 16:11, Isa 16:12, Isa 16:13, Isa 16:14, Isa 25:10, Jer 9:26, Jer 25:21, Jer 27:3, Jer 40:11, Jer 48:1, Jer 48:2, Jer 48:4, Jer 48:9, Jer 48:11, Jer 48:13, Jer 48:15, Jer 48:16, Jer 48:18, Jer 48:20, Jer 48:24, Jer 48:25, Jer 48:26, Jer 48:28, Jer 48:29, Jer 48:31, Jer 48:33, Jer 48:35, Jer 48:36, Jer 48:38, Jer 48:39, Jer 48:40, Jer 48:41, Jer 48:42, Jer 48:43, Jer 48:44, Jer 48:45, Jer 48:46, Jer 48:47, Ezek 25:8, Ezek 25:9, Ezek 25:11, Dan 11:41, Amos 2:1, Amos 2:2, Mic 6:5, Zeph 2:8 and Zeph 2:9.

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