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Joshua 11:1-23

11**  And when King Jabin of Hasor heard of it he sent to King Jobab of Madon and the king of Shimron and the king of Acshaph 2  and the kings on the north, in the highland and in the Rift Valley about Kinneroth and in the lowland, and in Naphath-Dor on the west, 3  the Canaanites to east and to west and the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Jebusites in the highland and the Hivvites under Hermon in the Mispah country; 4  and they came out, they and all their armies with them, a great body, as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore, and ponies and chariots in great numbers; 5  and all these kings combined and came and encamped together by Merom Water to make war with Israel. 6  And Jehovah said to Joshuaʽ “Do not be afraid of them, because at this time tomorrow I am going to have them all fallen before Israel; their ponies you shall hamstring and their chariots you shall burn up.” 7  And Joshuaʽ, and all the fighting men with him, came against them by Merom Water suddenly, and came down on them; 8  and Jehovah gave them into Israel’s hands, and they defeated them and pursued them to great Sidon and to Misrephoth-Mayim, and to Mispeh Plain on the east; and they cut them down till they did not leave them a survivor. 9  And Joshuaʽ did to them as Jehovah had told him to, hamstrung their ponies and burned up their chariots. 10  And, as before, at that time Joshuaʽ took Hasor and killed its king in the fighting, for Hasor used to be the head of all these kingdoms. 11  And they massacred every person in it, giving no quarter; none that breathed was left; and Hasor they burned down. 12  And all the capitals of these kings, and all their kings, Joshuaʽ took, and massacred their people without quarter, as Jehovah’s servant Moses had commanded. 13  Only all the cities that are standing on their old sites Israel did not burn, but that Joshuaʽ burned Hasor alone. 14  And all the booty of these cities, and the cattle, the sons of Israel plundered for themselves; only all the human beings they massacred till they had rooted them out; they left none that breathed. 15  As Jehovah had commanded his servant Moses, so Moses had commanded Joshuaʽ, and so Joshuaʽ did; he did not take off a thing from all that Jehovah had commanded Moses. 16  And Joshuaʽ took all this country, the highland and all the South and all the Goshen country and the lowland and the Rift Valley, and the highland of Israel and its lowland, 17*  from Bald Mountain that goes up to Seʽir to Baal-Gad in the Lebanon Plain under Mount Hermon; and all their kings he took and struck them dead. 18  Joshuaʽ was a long time making war with all these kings. 19  There was not a city that made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivvites that lived in Gibeon: they took all by war, 20*  because it was determined by Jehovah to make them headstrong to face the war with Israel in order that they might be destroyed without quarter and have no claim to mercy, because the purpose was to root them out as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 21  And at that time Joshuaʽ went in and exterminated the ʽAnakites out of the highland: out of Hebron, out of Debir, out of ʽAnab, and out of all the highland of Judah and out of all the highland of Israel; Joshuaʽ destroyed them without quarter with their cities. 22  There were no ʽAnakites left in the Israelite country; only in Ghaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod did any remain. 23  And Joshuaʽ took all the country, just as Jehovah had promised Moses; and Joshuaʽ gave it to the Israelites by their divisions, tribe by tribe, as an estate. And the country was at rest from war.


11:1 Var. Maron
11:1 Var. Shimeon
11:17 Or Smooth Mountain
11:20 Lit. because it was for the purpose of rooting them out