about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank-- the nobles with scepters and staffs." Then they went from the desert to Mattanah,
from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
and from Bamoth to the valley in Moab where the top of Pisgah1 overlooks the wasteland.
Israel sent messengers2 to say to Sihon3 king of the Amorites:422
"Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the king's highway until we have passed through your territory.5"
But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory.6 He mustered his entire army and marched out into the desert against Israel. When he reached Jahaz,7 he fought with Israel.824
Israel, however, put him to the sword9 and took over his land10 from the Arnon to the Jabbok,11 but only as far as the Ammonites,12 because their border was fortified.
Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites13 and occupied them,14 including Heshbon15 and all its surrounding settlements.
Heshbon was the city of Sihon16 king of the Amorites,17 who had fought against the former king of Moab18 and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.1927
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.20 It consumed21 Ar22 of Moab, the citizens of Arnon's heights.23