God hardens the King of Heshbon’s heart then commits genocides

Leviticus 2:24-34 “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle. This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.”

From the desert of Kedemoth I sent messengers to Sihon king of Heshbon offering peace and saying, “Let us pass through your country. We will stay on the main road; we will not turn aside to the right or to the left. Sell us food to eat and water to drink for their price in silver. Only let us pass through on foot- as the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir, and the Moabites, who live in Ar, did for us—until we cross the Jordan into the land the LORD our God is giving us.” But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the LORD your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.

The LORD said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.”

When Sihon and all his army came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz, the LORD our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army. At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them — men, women and children. We left no survivors.


I’m seeing a pattern here. God hardens the heart of someone then proceeds to punish them by killing them. Where is the justice in this?

10 responses to “God hardens the King of Heshbon’s heart then commits genocides

  • talykin

    “Pattern” indeed. Things like that are common throughout the Bible. Just think of Jesus’s sermon where he says that even if you look at a woman with desire, you’re committing a sin. Now that’s impossible to comply with if you’re a healthy male. That’s biology. You don’t have to act on it, of course, but you will feel sexual attraction. How can you be punished for doing things you have no control over?
    And the list goes on.
    Overall his sermon is useless. “Thy shalt not kill”
    What about to protect lives of your family and your own, what about to defend your country?
    How can anyone make such a broad and therefore incorrect statement. The only thing that’s achieved by it is confusion and hordes of people saying that they know what He meant and “the context is everything” Any half-wit would be more precise and to the point.

  • wat

    There isn’t even a 24th verse of leviticus 2. You mean Deuteronomy.

  • Terrence

    Talykin, If you look into the “Thou shalt not kill”, the word used is murder, not kill. There is a difference between the two. Murdering consists of killing someone in cold blood ie. for no reason. Where as, killing, (used in Ecc. 3:3) is meant to be ith a reason ie. for protection, or war time. There is a distinction made between the two.


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  • m.g.

    The practices of the Amorites were disgusting and vile that most people do not discuss them openly (research for yourself). The were already doomed for destruction because of their deadly maladies.

  • Greg Watt

    THe so-called “genocide” passages in the Bible may be likened to your cancer surgeon who, in his zeal to save your life, declares ‘No mercy!” on every last cancer cell he detects during surgery. Would you chastise him for doing so? A medical researcher may eradicate some cluster of cancer cells by inducing them to accept something .. which promptly kills them. Is this unethical? It would appear you’ve never had cancer!

    • T

      …except the surgeon did not make the cancer, nor cause it to spread, nor make it an agent of death. Not a good analogy.

      • Greg Watt

        You say the surgeon did not make the cancer. True – but have child molesters or rapists or people of similar ilk the right to blame their actions on God? Surely at some point, each of us must own responsibility – and then wear the consequences – for our own actions. Ditto with the king of Heshbon. People who try to blame it on God (and thus avoid having to obey Him) arouse my suspicions! What are they trying to hide? And funny thing that – atheists like Richard Dawkins spend an awful lot of time talking about a God they say they don’t believe in! I notice they never bag out on the man in the moon! Why not? Because nobody, in their heart of hearts, believes there’s any such thing. But as for God …..

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