, are the descendants of Moab.

The Moabites lived in Ar, which the Lord had given them as possession.

At the time when the Israelites came to the border of Moab, the Moabites were reigned by king Balak. Balak sent for Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites. Because God did not allow Balaam to go, Balaam stayed in his country. He then went with the second delegation and met Balak. He blessed the Israelites three times. Then Balaam prophesied, that a star would come out of Israel and crush Moab.

While Israel was staying in Shittim, they went with Moabite women. These women also invited them to the sacrifices to their gods and Israel thus started worshiping the Baal of Peor.