Deuteronomy 2:10
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New International Version
(The Emites used to live there--a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.

New Living Translation
(A race of giants called the Emites had once lived in the area of Ar. They were as strong and numerous and tall as the Anakites, another race of giants.

English Standard Version
(The Emim formerly lived there, a people great and many, and tall as the Anakim.

New American Standard Bible
(The Emim lived there formerly, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim.

King James Bible
The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Emim, a great and numerous people as tall as the Anakim, had previously lived there.

International Standard Version
(The Emites, a people as powerful, numerous, and tall as the Anakim, lived there before.

NET Bible
(The Emites used to live there, a people as powerful, numerous, and tall as the Anakites.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Emites used to live there. These people were as strong, as numerous, and as tall as the people of Anak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
(The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many and tall as the Anakims,

King James 2000 Bible
The Emim dwelt there in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim;

American King James Version
The Emims dwelled therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;

American Standard Version
(The Emim dwelt therein aforetime, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim:

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Emims first were the inhabitants thereof, a people great, and strong, and so tall, that like the race of the Enacims,

Darby Bible Translation
(The Emim dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall as the Anakim.

English Revised Version
(The Emim dwelt therein aforetime, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim:

Webster's Bible Translation
(The Emims dwelt in it in times past, a people great, and many, and tall as the Anakims;

World English Bible
(The Emim lived therein before, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim:

Young's Literal Translation
'The Emim formerly have dwelt in it, a people great, and numerous, and tall, as the Anakim;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:8-23 We have the origin of the Moabites, Edomites, and Ammonites. Moses also gives an instance older than any of these; the Caphtorims drove the Avims out of their country. These revolutions show what uncertain things wordly possessions are. It was so of old, and ever will be so. Families decline, and from them estates are transferred to families that increase; so little continuance is there in these things. This is recorded to encourage the children of Israel. If the providence of God has done this for Moabites and Ammonites, much more would his promise do it for Israel, his peculiar people. Cautions are given not to meddle with Moabites and Ammonites. Even wicked men must not be wronged. God gives and preserves outward blessings to wicked men; these are not the best things, he has better in store for his own children.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 10-12. - The mention of the Moabites gives occasion to the author to introduce some notices of the ancient inhabitants of Edom and Moab. In Moab dwelt, in the earlier times, the Emim, a giant race, potent and numerous, like the 'Anakim. They were also, like the 'Anakim reckoned among the Rephaim, but were by the Moabites called Emim. The word Emim means frightful, and was given to these men probably because of their huge stature and fierce aspect. Anakims (see Deuteronomy 1:28). Rephaim seems to have been a generic name of these gigantic Canaanitish tribes (see Genesis 14:5; Genesis 15:20). The Horim appear from the name (from חוד, a cave) to have been a Troglodyte race, inhabiting the caves which abound in the Edomite range, and with whom, perhaps, originated the conception which was at a later period carried out in the marvelous rock city of Petra. Of their own origin nothing is known. As Israel did [or has done] unto the land of his possession. This cannot be regarded as uttered proleptically; it must either be the insertion of a later age, or it must refer to the conquest which had actually been made before this by the Israelites of the land to the east of the Jordan. and which is, in Deuteronomy 3:20, described as the possession which the Lord had given to the two tribes and a half to whom it had been assigned. The latter is the preferable supposition.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Emims dwelt there in time past,.... We read of them as early as the times of Chedorlaomer, Genesis 14:5 when their dwelling was in Kirjathaim, a city which Sihon king of the Amorites took from the Moabites, and which being taken from him, was with others given to the tribe of Reuben, Numbers 32:37. These are by some thought to be the same with the Yemim which Anah found and met with in the wilderness, and defeated, which we render "mules", Genesis 36:24. They had their name from the fear and terror they put men into because of their gigantic stature and great strength, as follows: it is probable they were the descendants of Ham:

a people great and many, and tall as the Anakims; who were very numerous, of a very bulky size of body, and of high stature, like the giants the spies had seen at Hebron, the sons of Anak, a noted giant there, Numbers 13:22.



Deuteronomy 2:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wanderings in the Wilderness
9"Then the LORD said to me, 'Do not harass Moab, nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession. 10(The Emim lived there formerly, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim. 11Like the Anakim, they are also regarded as Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim.…
Cross References
Genesis 14:5
In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim

Deuteronomy 1:28
Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, 'The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.'"
Treasury of Scripture

The Emims dwelled therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;

All the nations here mentioned appear to have been the posterity of Ham, who lay under the prophetical curse of Noah, which was thus executed upon this part of then by the Moabites and Edomites.

Deuteronomy 2:11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites …

Genesis 14:5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that …

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