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Sihon

SIHON (sī'hŏn, Heb. sîhôn). A king of the Amorites who became prominent chiefly because of his opposition to Israel on their journey from Egypt to Palestine. His capital in the land east of the [[Jordan River]] was Heshbon. Prior to Israel’s journey the Amorites under his leadership had driven out the Moabites from this section of land and had taken over this territory. God permitted him to dispossess the Moabites, but when he led the attack against Israel, he was killed and his forces scattered (Num.21.21-Num.21.24; Deut.1.4, Deut.1.20, Deut.1.24-Deut.1.30). His capital was taken and the territory given to Israel. This episode is often referred to as a reminder to Israel of what God had done for them and became a source of encouragement to them (Deut.3.2). When the Moabites came and demanded that Israel return this land to them (Judg.11.12-Judg.11.13), Jephthah reminded them that Sihon had seized this property and God had given it to Israel. Therefore, neither they nor the Ammonites