Defeat of Sihon, King of Heshbon
2:26 Then I sent messengers from the Kedemoth38 Desert to King Sihon of Heshbon with an offer of peace: 2:27 “Let me pass through your land; I will keep strictly to the roadway.39 I will not turn aside to the right or the left. 2:28 Sell me food for cash40 so that I can eat and sell me water to drink.41 Just allow me to go through on foot, 2:29 just as the descendants of Esau who live at Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did for me, until I cross the Jordan to the land the Lord our God is giving us.” 2:30 But King Sihon of Heshbon was unwilling to allow us to pass near him because the Lord our42 God had made him obstinate43 and stubborn44 so that he might deliver him over to you45 this very day. 2:31 The Lord said to me, “Look! I have already begun to give over Sihon and his land to you. Start right now to take his land as your possession.” 2:32 When Sihon and all his troops46 emerged to encounter us in battle at Jahaz,47 2:33 the Lord our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, along with his sons48 and everyone else.49 2:34 At that time we seized all his cities and put every one of them50 under divine judgment,51 including even the women and children; we left no survivors. 2:35 We kept only the livestock and plunder from the cities for ourselves. 2:36 From Aroer,52 which is at the edge of Wadi Arnon (it is the city in the wadi),53 all the way to Gilead there was not a town able to resist us—the Lord our God gave them all to us. 2:37 However, you did not approach the land of the Ammonites, the Wadi Jabbok,54 the cities of the hill country, or any place else forbidden by the Lord our God.
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