Israel sent messengers1 to say to Sihon2 king of the Amorites:3
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"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.4"
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But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory.5 He mustered his entire army and marched out into the desert against Israel. When he reached Jahaz,6 he fought with Israel.7
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Israel, however, put him to the sword8 and took over his land9 from the Arnon to the Jabbok,10 but only as far as the Ammonites,11 because their border was fortified.
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Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites12 and occupied them,13 including Heshbon14 and all its surrounding settlements.
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Heshbon was the city of Sihon15 king of the Amorites,16 who had fought against the former king of Moab17 and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.18
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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.19 It consumed20 Ar21 of Moab, the citizens of Arnon's heights.22
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Woe to you, O Moab!23 You are destroyed, O people of Chemosh!24 He has given up his sons as fugitives25 and his daughters as captives26 to Sihon king of the Amorites.
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"But we have overthrown them; Heshbon is destroyed all the way to Dibon.27 We have demolished them as far as Nophah, which extends to Medeba.28"
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So Israel settled in the land of the Amorites.29
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