21 Then vIsrael sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 w“Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.” 23 xBut Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and 8went out against Israel in the wilderness, yand he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24 Then zIsrael defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. 25 So Israel took all these cities, and Israel adwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages. 26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon. 27 Therefore those who speak in 9proverbs say:
“Come to Heshbon, let it be built;
Let the city of Sihon be repaired.
28 “For bfire went out from Heshbon,
A flame from the city of Sihon;
It consumed cAr of Moab,
The lords of the dheights of the Arnon.
29 Woe to you, eMoab!
You have perished, O people of fChemosh!
He has given his gsons as fugitives,
And his hdaughters into captivity,
To Sihon king of the Amorites.
Heshbon has perished ias far as Dibon.
Then we laid waste as far as Nophah,
Which reaches to jMedeba.”
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