intelligence, a city ruled over by Sihon, king of the Amorites (Josh. 3:10; 13:17). It was taken by Moses (Num. 21:23-26), and became afterwards a Levitical city (Josh. 21:39) in the tribe of Reuben (Num. 32:37). After the Exile it was taken possession of by the Moabites (Isa. 15:4; Jer. 48:2, 34, 45). The ruins of this town are still seen about 20 miles east of Jordan from the north end of the Dead Sea. There are reservoirs in this district, which are probably the "fishpools" referred to in Cant. 7:4.
However, a real heshbon Nefesh is also needed from liberal Zionists.
Sihon's capital, heshbon, became the capital of the first Israelite state.
Thine eyes are as deep as the two fishponds in heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
They were now some twenty miles only by road from the fords of Jordan, but heshbon, a strong fortress, confronted them.
He drove them in flight northward, and wasted their territory as far as Minnith, near heshbon.
I found no ornamented pottery, although we had found some even at heshbon; neither coins, nor even bits of statues.
Traversing a fine plain of wheat, we at length reached the ancient city of heshbon, with its acropolis of temple and castle.
Thine eyes are as the pools in heshbon by a gate of great concourse.
Here one may think and break at heart, and melt in one's spirit, until one's eyes become like the fish-pools in heshbon.
When the murmur of the hidden streamlet first fell upon his ear, "It is like the fishpools of heshbon," said the boy dreamily.