Heshbon was the city of Sihon1 king of the Amorites,2 who had fought against the former king of Moab3 and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.427
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.5 It consumed6 Ar7 of Moab, the citizens of Arnon's heights.829
Woe to you, O Moab!9 You are destroyed, O people of Chemosh!10 He has given up his sons as fugitives11 and his daughters as captives12 to Sihon king of the Amorites.
"But we have overthrown them; Heshbon is destroyed all the way to Dibon.13 We have demolished them as far as Nophah, which extends to Medeba.14"