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The Emites (/ˈɛmts/ or /ˈmts/; Hebrew: אֵמִים) was the Moabite name for one of the tribes of Rephaim. They are described in Deuteronomy chapter 2 as having been a powerful people, populous and having a successful kingdom. They were defeated by the Moabites, who occupied their land. The Emim are also mentioned in Genesis 14:5 and according to Rashi, the name is translated as "the dreaded ones" (Hertz 1936) and the singular Ema/Emma (Hebrew: אימה) means "horror" or "terror".

"The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim" (Deuteronomy 2:10-11).

They are the subject of John Darnielle/The Mountain Goats's single "Deuteronomy 2:10."


  • J.H. Hertz (1936) The Pentateuch and Haftoras. Deuteronomy. Oxford, Oxford University Press.