Numbers 21:29

Hebrew Bible

27 That is why those who speak in proverbs say,“Come to Heshbon, let it be built. Let the city of Sihon be established! 28 For fire went out from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It has consumed Ar of Moaband the lords of the high places of Arnon. 29 Woe to you, Moab. You are ruined, O people of Chemosh! He has made his sons fugitives, and his daughters the prisoners of King Sihon of the Amorites. 30 We have overpowered them; Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon. We have shattered them as far as Nophah, which reaches to Medeba.” 31 So the Israelites lived in the land of the Amorites.

Jeremiah 48:4

Hebrew Bible

2 People will not praise Moab anymore. The enemy will capture Heshbon and plot how to destroy Moab, saying, ‘Come, let’s put an end to that nation!’City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed. A destructive army will march against you. 3 Cries of anguish will arise in Horonaim,‘Oh, the ruin and great destruction!’ 4Moab will be crushed. Her children will cry out in distress. 5 Indeed they will climb the slopes of Luhith, weeping continually as they go. For on the road down to Horonaim they will hear the cries of distress over the destruction. 6 They will hear, ‘Run! Save yourselves; even if you must be like a lonely shrub in the wilderness!’

 Notes and References

"... Numbers 21:29; Judges 11; 1 Kings 11; 2 Kings 21; Jeremiah 48 ... In Judges 11:24, Jephthah refers to שומכ as the Ammonite god. This reference implies that Kemosh and Milcom (the usual designation of the Ammonite deity) are identical. Along with Milcom and Shalem, Kemosh is one of the hypostases of Venus. The god was worshipped in one or another of those hypostases in Palestine and even in Israel in the period of the monarchy. The Moabite composite DN Ashtar-Kemosh suggests that those two deities, 'if not actually identical, could be assimilated without difficulty.' ... Kemosh is described as the god/abomination of the Moabites. His cult was reportedly introduced in Israel by Solomon and wiped out by Josiah ..."

Cooper, Alan "Divine Names and Epithets in the Ugaritic Texts" in Rummel, Stan (ed.) Ras Shamra Parallels: The Texts from Ugarit and the Hebrew Bible (pp. 333-469) Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1981

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