Joshua 11
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The Northern Campaign

1When King Jabin of Hazor heard all of this,a he sent wordb to Jobab king of Madon, to the king of Shimron, to the king of Achshaph, 2and to the kings in the north, in the hill country, in the plain south of Chinnereth, in the Shephelah, and in the hills of Dor toward the west, 3to the eastern and western Canaanites—the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites in the hill country, and the Hivites below Hermon in the territory of Mizpah. 4So they went out, they and all of their armies with them—a multitude as numerous as the sand on the seashore—accompanied by many horses and chariots. 5After all these kings had gathered together, they went out and camped together at the waters of Merom to fight Israel.

6But the LORD told Joshua, “Don’t be afraid of them, because tomorrow about this time I am giving them all to you—dead—in the presence of Israel. Hamstring their horses and incinerate their chariots.”

7So Joshua and his entire fighting force approached them suddenly by the waters of Merom and attacked them. 8The LORD handed them over to the control of Israel, who defeated them and chased them as far as Greater Sidon and east as far as the Mizpah Valley. They attacked them until none remained. 9Joshua dealt with them just as the LORD had told him: he hamstrung their horses and incinerated their chariots.

10Joshua then turned back and captured Hazor, executing its king, because Hazor used to be the head of all of those kingdoms. 11They executed all of the people who lived in it, completely destroying it and leaving no one alive. Then he burned Hazor in fire.

12So Joshua captured and annihilated all of these cities, along with their kings, completely destroying them, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded. 13However, Israel did not burn any of the cities that had been built on mounds of ruins,c except for Hazor only, which Joshua burned. 14The Israelis took the spoils of war from these cities, along with their livestock, but they executed every human being until they had completely destroyed them, leaving no one alive. 15Joshua did just what the LORD had commanded his servant Moses and just what Moses had commanded him, leaving nothing unfinished.

Summary of Joshua’s Victory

16So Joshua conquered all of these territories: the hill country, all of the Negev,d the entire land of Goshen with its foothills, the plains of Jordan, and the mountains of Israel with its foothills 17from Mount Halak and the ascent toward Seir, including as far as Baal-gad in the Lebanon Valley that lies at the foot of Mount Hermon. Joshua captured all of their kings, struck them down, and put them to death. 18Joshua fought an extended campaign against all those kings. 19There wasn’t a singlee city that made a peace accord with the Israelis, except the Hivites who lived in Gibeon. The Israelisf captured all the restg in battle, 20because the LORD had hardened their hearts so they would fight Israel in war, be completely destroyed without mercy, and be completely wiped out, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

21At that time Joshua came and annihilated the Anakimh from the hill country, that is, from Hebron, Debir, and Anab, as well as from all the hill country of Judah and Israel. Joshua completely destroyed them along with their cities. 22None of the Anakimi remained in the land belonging to the Israelis—they remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod. 23Joshua conquered the entire land, in accordance with everything that the LORD had told Moses. Joshua presented it as an inheritance to Israel, dividing it according to tribal allotments. Then the land enjoyed rest from war.

a 11:1 The Heb. lacks all of this
b 11:1 The Heb. lacks word
c 11:13 Lit. on tels
d 11:16 i.e. the southern regions of the Sinai peninsula; cf. Josh 10:40
e 11:19 The Heb. lacks single
f 11:19 Lit. They
g 11:19 The Heb. lacks the rest
h 11:21 i.e. a race of giants that formerly populated Canaan; cf. Num 13:22, 33; Deut 9:2
i 11:22 i.e. a race of giants that formerly populated Canaan; cf. Num 13:22, 33; Deut 9:2

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