Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the
Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
And the LORD spake unto me, saying,
Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.
And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of
your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be
afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:
Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so
much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a
Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also
buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.
Moses continues his speech, saying, [1
We journeyed through the wilderness by way of the Red Sea.
And God said to me,
You've been going around this mountain for long enough.
Turn north towards Seir.
The people there will be afraid of you.
But be careful. I haven't given their land to you.
I gave the land to Esau.
Buy some meat and water from them.
For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he
knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the
LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt
in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we
turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
God blessed you during your forty year journey through the wilderness.
He gave you everything you needed.
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.
The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the
Which also were
accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau
succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in
their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD
gave unto them.
Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over
the brook Zered.
When we passed through the wilderness of Moab, God said to me,
Don't fight with the Moabites, because I gave their land to Lot's children. 
(The Emim used to live there, who were as tall as the Anakim, and were called giants.) 
And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over
the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the
men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them.
For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from
among the host, until they were consumed.
In the next 38 years os so, God killed all the Israelite soldiers, as he swore he'd do to them. 
So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from
among the people,
That the LORD spake unto me, saying,
Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day:
And when thou comest
nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with
them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the
children of Lot for a possession.
After God killed all of our soldiers, he said to me,
Don't bother the Ammonites, because I have given their land to Lot's children. 
(That also was
accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and
the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
A people great, and
many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before
them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:
As he did to the
children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from
before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:
And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the
Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)
(The land of the Ammonites was also a land of giants.
But God destroyed them. 
As he did to the Horim, the Avim, and Caphtorim.) 
Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I
have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land:
begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.
So get going. I will make sure you defeat Sihon the Amorite and take his land.
This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon
the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee,
and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
I will make every nation on earth fear you. 
And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of
Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will
neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.
Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for
money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet;
(As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell
in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the
LORD our God giveth us.
I sent messengers of peace to Sihon, saying,
Let us pass through your land. We won't touch anything.
Just sell us some meat and water.
But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God
hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him
into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land
before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.
But Sihon wouldn't let us pass, because God had hardened his heart, so that he could deliver him into our hand.
Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
And the LORD our
God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his
And we took all his
cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and
the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:
Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the
cities which we took.
So Sihon fought against us, and we killed him, his sons, and all of his people.
We killed everyone: men, women, children, and babies in every city. We left no one alive. 
Except for the cattle, which we took for ourselves, along with the spoil from the cities.
From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city
that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us:
the LORD our God delivered all unto us:
There wasn't any city too strong for us.
God delivered them all to us.
2:37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any
place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto
whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.
But we didn't kill the Ammmonites  or any other group of people that God forbid us to kill.
- Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness.... (v.1-37)
Moses continues to repeat stories previously told in the book of Numbers. He seems especially proud
of God's killings.
- Distress not the Moabites ... because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
God gave the Moabites special protection since they were the descendents of
Lot's drunken, incestuous affair with his daughters (Gen 19:30-38).
How should the Moabites be treated?
- A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants.
What the Bible says about giants.
- All the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host,
as the LORD sware unto them. (v.14)
Drunk With Blood:
29. God slowly killed the Israelite army
- I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. (v.19)
How should the Ammonites be treated?
- A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them. (v.21)
What the Bible says about giants.
Drunk With Blood: 30. God the giant killer
- As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims.
God destroyed the Horim, the Avim, and the Caphtorim?
I haven't heard of these before. Do I need to add them to Drunk With Blood?
- This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations.
What the Bible says about terrorism
- But Sihon ... would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit ...that he might
deliver him into thy hand. (v.30)
Drunk With Blood: 31. God hardens king Sihon's heart
so that all his people can be killed
- God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones,
of every city, we left none to remain. (vv.33-34)
What the Bible says about Genocide
- Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not. (v.37)
How should the Ammonites be treated?
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- God's 27th Killing: God slowly
kills the Israelite army (Deuteronomy 2:14-16)
- God's 28th Killing: God the Giant Killer (2:21-23)
- How does God kill people?
Let me count the ways (2:21-22)
- God's 29th Killing: God hardens
King Sihon's heart so that all his people can be killed (2:26-34)
- Holy War
and the Holy Father: the Bible vs the Quran (2:33-36)
- Slate Blogs the Bible by David Plotz
- So That's Why Moses Is So Angry!