But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory.1 He mustered his entire army and marched out into the desert against Israel. When he reached Jahaz,2 he fought with Israel.324
Israel, however, put him to the sword4 and took over his land5 from the Arnon to the Jabbok,6 but only as far as the Ammonites,7 because their border was fortified.
Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites8 and occupied them,9 including Heshbon10 and all its surrounding settlements.
Heshbon was the city of Sihon11 king of the Amorites,12 who had fought against the former king of Moab13 and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.1427
That is why the poets say: "Come to Heshbon and let it be rebuilt; let Sihon's city be restored.
"Fire went out from Heshbon, a blaze from the city of Sihon.15 It consumed16 Ar17 of Moab, the citizens of Arnon's heights.1829
Woe to you, O Moab!19 You are destroyed, O people of Chemosh!20 He has given up his sons as fugitives21 and his daughters as captives22 to Sihon king of the Amorites.
"But we have overthrown them; Heshbon is destroyed all the way to Dibon.23 We have demolished them as far as Nophah, which extends to Medeba.24"