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In Bible versions:

a town of Moab, Gad, and Reuben on the east side of the Jordan
a town of south-eastern Judah

invention; industry
a hasty messenger
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Google Maps: Heshbon (31° 48´, 35° 48´); Heshmon (31° 12´, 34° 56´)


Strongs #02809: Nwbvx Cheshbown

Heshbon = "stronghold"

1) the capital city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, located on the
western border of the high plain and on the border line between
the tribes of Reuben and Gad

2809 Cheshbown khesh-bone'

the same as 2808; Cheshbon, a place East of the
see HEBREW for 02808

Strongs #02829: Nwmvx Cheshmown

Heshmon = "rich soil"

1) a town in the extreme south of Judah; site uncertain

2829 Cheshmown klesh-mone'

the same as 2831; opulent; Cheshmon, a place in
see HEBREW for 02831

Heshbon [EBD]

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.

Heshmon [EBD]

fatness, a town in the south of Judah (Josh. 15:27).

Heshbon [NAVE]

A city of the Amorites, Num. 21:25-35; Deut. 1:4.
Built by Reuben, Num. 32:37.
Allotted to Gad, Josh. 21:38, 39.
Fish-pools at, Song 7:4.
Prophecy concerning, Isa. 16:8; Jer. 48:2, 34, 35; 49:1-3.

Heshmon [NAVE]

HESHMON, a town in the S. of Judah, Josh. 15:27.


(stronghold), the capital city of Sihon king of the Amorites. (Numbers 21:26) It stood on the western border of the high plain --Mishor, (Joshua 13:17) --and on the boundary line between the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The ruins of Hesban , 20 miles east of the Jordan, on the parallel of the northern end of the Dead Sea mark the site, as they bear the name; of the ancient Heshbon. There are many cisterns among the ruins. Comp. (Solomon 7:4)


(rich soil), a place named, with others, as lying in the extreme south of Judah. (Joshua 15:27)


HESHBON - hesh'-bon (cheshbon; Hesebon): The royal city of Sihon king of the Amorites, taken and occupied by the Israelites under Moses (Nu 21:25 f, etc.). It lay on the southern border of Gad (Josh 13:26), and was one of the cities fortified by Reuben (Nu 32:37). It is reckoned among the cities of Gad given to the Merarite Levites (Josh 21:39). In later literature (Isa 15:4; 16:8 f; Jer 48:2,34,45; 49:3) it is referred to as a city of Moab. It passed again into Jewish hands, and is mentioned by Josephus (Ant., XIII, xv, 4) as among their possessions in the country of Moab under Alexander Janneus. The city with its district called Hesebonitis, was also under the jurisdiction of Herod the Great (Ant., XV, vii, 5, where it is described as lying in the Peraea). Eusebius, Onomasticon places it 20 Roman miles from the Jordan. It is represented by the modern Chesban, a ruined site in the mountains over against Jericho, about 16 miles East of the Jordan. It stands on the edge of Wady Chesban in a position of great strength, about 600 ft. above `Ain Chesban. The ruins, dating mainly from Roman times, spread over two hills, respectively 2,930 ft. and 2,954 ft. in height. There are remains of a temple overlooked from the West by those of a castle. There is also a large ruined reservoir; while the spring in the valley forms a succession of pools (Song 7:4). The city is approached from the valley by a steep path passing through a cutting in the rock, which may have been closed by a gate (Conder, Heth and Moab, 142). On a hill to the West, el-Kurmiyeh, is a collection of dolmens and stone circles (Musil, Arabia Petrea, I, 383 ff).

W. Ewing


HESHMON - hesh'-mon (cheshmon): An unidentified place on the border of Judah toward Edom (Josh 15:27). This may have been the original home of the Hasmoneans.

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