The Moabites(A) said to the elders of Midian,(B) “This horde is going to lick up everything(C) around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.(D)

So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,

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17 “I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near.(A)
A star will come out of Jacob;(B)
    a scepter will rise out of Israel.(C)
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,(D)
    the skulls[a](E) of[b] all the people of Sheth.[c]

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  1. Numbers 24:17 Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  2. Numbers 24:17 Or possibly Moab, / batter
  3. Numbers 24:17 Or all the noisy boasters
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Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar(A) to the descendants of Lot(B) as a possession.”

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28 “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the Lord has given Moab,(A) your enemy, into your hands.(B)” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan(C) that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over.

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They married Moabite women,(A) one named Orpah and the other Ruth.(B) After they had lived there about ten years,

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22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite,(A) her daughter-in-law,(B) arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest(C) was beginning.(D)

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47 After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab,(A) the Ammonites,(B) Edom,(C) the kings[a] of Zobah,(D) and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.[b]

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  1. 1 Samuel 14:47 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint king
  2. 1 Samuel 14:47 Hebrew; Septuagint he was victorious
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From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” So he left them with the king of Moab,(A) and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.

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David also defeated the Moabites.(A) He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.(B)

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The Lord’s Judgment on Ahaziah

After Ahab’s death, Moab(A) rebelled against Israel.

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Now Mesha king of Moab(A) raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel a tribute of a hundred thousand lambs(B) and the wool of a hundred thousand rams.

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Ezra’s Prayer About Intermarriage

After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate(A) from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites,(B) Ammonites,(C) Moabites,(D) Egyptians and Amorites.(E)

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Moab(A) is my washbasin,
    on Edom(B) I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia(C) I shout in triumph.”

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A Message About Moab(A)

48 Concerning Moab:(B)

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

“Woe to Nebo,(C) for it will be ruined.
    Kiriathaim(D) will be disgraced and captured;
    the stronghold[a] will be disgraced and shattered.

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  1. Jeremiah 48:1 Or captured; / Misgab
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