Numbers 21:27
New International Version
That is why the poets say: "Come to Heshbon and let it be rebuilt; let Sihon's city be restored.

New Living Translation
Therefore, the ancient poets wrote this about him: "Come to Heshbon and let it be rebuilt! Let the city of Sihon be restored.

English Standard Version
Therefore the ballad singers say, “Come to Heshbon, let it be built; let the city of Sihon be established.

Berean Study Bible
That is why the poets say: “Come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt; let the city of Sihon be restored.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore those who use proverbs say, "Come to Heshbon! Let it be built! So let the city of Sihon be established.

King James Bible
Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared:

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore the poets say: Come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt; let the city of Sihon be restored.

Contemporary English Version
That's why the Amorites had written this poem about Heshbon: Come and rebuild Heshbon, King Sihon's capital city!

Good News Translation
That is why the poets sing, "Come to Heshbon, to King Sihon's city! We want to see it rebuilt and restored.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore the poets say: Come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt; let the city of Sihon be restored.

International Standard Version
Therefore the ones who speak in proverbs say: Come to Heshbon and let it be built! Let the city of Sihon be established!

NET Bible
That is why those who speak in proverbs say, "Come to Heshbon, let it be built. Let the city of Sihon be established!

New Heart English Bible
Therefore those who speak in proverbs say, "Come to Heshbon. Let the city of Sihon be built and established;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is why the poets say: "Come to Heshbon! Rebuild it! Restore Sihon's city!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore they that speak in parables say: Come ye to Heshbon! Let the city of Sihon be built and established!

New American Standard 1977
Therefore those who use proverbs say, “Come to Heshbon! Let it be built! So let the city of Sihon be established.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore those that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared;

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and established:

American King James Version
Why they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared:

American Standard Version
Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come ye to Heshbon; Let the city of Sihon be built and established:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore say they who deal in dark speeches, Come to Esebon, that the city of Seon may be built and prepared.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore it is said in the proverb: Come into Hesebon, let the city of Sehon be built and set up:

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore the poets say, Come to Heshbon; let the city of Sihon be built and established.

English Revised Version
Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come ye to Heshbon, Let the city of Sihon be built and established:

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared.

World English Bible
Therefore those who speak in proverbs say, "Come to Heshbon. Let the city of Sihon be built and established;

Young's Literal Translation
therefore those using similes say -- 'Enter ye Heshbon, Let the city of Sihon be built and ready,
Study Bible
The Defeat of Sihon
26Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land as far as the Arnon. 27That is why the poets say: “Come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt; let the city of Sihon be restored. 28For a fire went out from Heshbon, a blaze from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the rulers of Arnon’s heights.…
Cross References
Numbers 21:26
Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land as far as the Arnon.

Numbers 21:28
For a fire went out from Heshbon, a blaze from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the rulers of Arnon's heights.

Nehemiah 7:1
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.

Treasury of Scripture

Why they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared:

Numbers 21:14
Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,

Isaiah 14:4
That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

Habakkuk 2:6
Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!







Lexicon
That is why
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the poets
הַמֹּשְׁלִ֖ים (ham·mō·šə·lîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4911: To liken, to use, language, in, to resemble

say:
יֹאמְר֥וּ (yō·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Come
בֹּ֣אוּ (bō·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to Heshbon,
חֶשְׁבּ֑וֹן (ḥeš·bō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2809: Heshbon -- a place East of the Jordan

let it be rebuilt;
תִּבָּנֶ֥ה (tib·bā·neh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

let the city
עִ֥יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

of Sihon
סִיחֽוֹן׃ (sî·ḥō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5511: Sihon -- a king of the Amorites

be restored.
וְתִכּוֹנֵ֖ן (wə·ṯik·kō·w·nên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect
(27-30) Come into Heshbon.--These verses appear to commemorate first the victory of the Amorites over the Moabites, and then that of the Israelites over the Amorites. They may be rendered thus:--

"Come ye to Heshbon!

Let the city of Sihon be built up and restored!

For a fire went out from Heshbon--

A flame from the city of Sihon:

It devoured Ar (or, the city) of Moab--

The lords of the high places of Arnon.

Woe to thee, Moab!

Thou art perished, O people of Chemosh:

He (i.e., Chemosh) gave up his sons as fugitives,

And his daughters into captivity,

Unto Sihon, the King of the Amorites.

We cast them down;

Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon:

Yea, we laid them waste even unto Nophah,

Which (reacheth) even unto Medcba."

Or, if we read esh (fire) instead of asher (which), a reading which derives some support from the Masoretic point over the last letter and from the context (Numbers 21:28), as well as from the LXX., the last words may be rendered, "With fire, even unto Medeba."

The Targum understands by "the lords of the high places of Arnon" the priests and worshippers in the temples and at the altars of the idols in Moab. Medeba, now Medaba, was situated at the south of Heshbon. The position of Nophah is unknown. It has been supposed that it may be the same as Nebo, which is mentioned in connection with Dibon and Medeba in Isaiah 15:2, or with Arneibah, which lies to the east of Medeba.

Verse 27. - They that speak in proverbs. הַמָּשְׁלִים. Septuagint, οἰ αἰνιγματισταί. A class of persons well marked among the Hebrews, as perhaps in all ancient countries. It was their gift, and almost their profession, to express in the sententious, antistrophic poetry of the age such thoughts or such facts as took hold of men's minds. At a time when there was little difference between poetry and rhetoric, and when the distinction was hardly drawn between the inventive faculty of man and the Divine afflatus, it is not surprising to find the word mashal applied to the rhapsody of Balsam (Numbers 23:7), to the "taunting song" of Isaiah (Isaiah 14:4), to the "riddle" of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 17:2), as well as to the collection of earthly and heavenly wisdom in the Book of Proverbs. That which follows is a taunting song, most like to the one cited from Isaiah, the archaic character of which is marked by its strongly antithetic form and abrupt transitions, as well as by the peculiarity of some of the words. Come to Heshbon. This may be ironically addressed to the Amorites, lately so victorious, now so overthrown; or, possibly, it may be intended to express the jubilation of the Amorites themselves in the day of their pride. 21:21-35 Sihon went with his forces against Israel, out of his own borders, without provocation, and so ran upon his own ruin. The enemies of God's church often perish by the counsels they think most wisely taken. Og, king of Bashan, instead of being warned by the fate of his neighbours, to make peace with Israel, makes war with them, which proves in like manner his destruction. Wicked men do their utmost to secure themselves and their possessions against the judgments of God; but all in vain, when the day comes on which they must fall. God gave Israel success, while Moses was with them, that he might see the beginning of the glorious work, though he must not live to see it finished. This was, in comparison, but as the day of small things, yet it was an earnest of great things. We must prepare for fresh conflicts and enemies. We must make no peace or truce with the powers of darkness, nor even treat with them; nor should we expect any pause in our contest. But, trusting in God, and obeying his commands, we shall be more than conquerors over every enemy.
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