24“Proceed on your journey and cross the Wadi Arnon. See, I have handed over to you King Sihon the Amorite of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to take possession by engaging him in battle.25This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the peoples everywhere under heaven; when they hear report of you, they will tremble and be in anguish because of you.”Defeat of King Sihon
26So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to King Sihon of Heshbon with the following terms of peace:27“If you let me pass through your land, I will travel only along the road; I will turn aside neither to the right nor to the left.28You shall sell me food for money, so that I may eat, and supply me water for money, so that I may drink. Only allow me to pass through on foot—29just as the descendants of Esau who live in Seir have done for me and likewise the Moabites who live in Ar—until I cross the Jordan into the land that the Lord our God is giving us.”30But King Sihon of Heshbon was not willing to let us pass through, for the Lord your God had hardened his spirit and made his heart defiant in order to hand him over to you, as he has now done.31The Lord said to me, “See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin now to take possession of his land.”32So when Sihon came out against us, he and all his people for battle at Jahaz,33the Lord our God gave him over to us; and we struck him down, along with his offspring and all his people.34At that time we captured all his towns, and in each town we utterly destroyed men, women, and children. We left not a single survivor.35Only the livestock we kept as spoil for ourselves, as well as the plunder of the towns that we had captured.36From Aroer on the edge of the Wadi Arnon (including the town that is in the wadi itself) as far as Gilead, there was no citadel too high for us. The Lord our God gave everything to us.37You did not encroach, however, on the land of the Ammonites, avoiding the whole upper region of the Wadi Jabbok as well as the towns of the hill country, just as the Lord our God had charged.