When Jabin, king of Hazor, heard of this, he 1sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,
and to the kings who were in the northern hill country, and in the 2Arabah south of 3Chinneroth, and in the lowland, and 4in Naphoth-dor on the 5west,
to the Canaanites in the east and the west, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, and the 6Jebusites in the hill country, and the 7Hivites under 8Hermon in the land of 9Mizpah.
And they came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number 10like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.
And all these kings joined their forces and came and encamped together at the waters of Merom to fight against Israel.
And the LORD said to Joshua, 11"Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel. You shall 12hamstring their horses and burn their 13chariots with fire."
So Joshua and all his warriors came 14suddenly against them by the waters of Merom and fell upon them.
And the LORD gave them into the hand of Israel, who struck them and chased them as far as 15Great Sidon and 16Misrephoth-maim, and eastward as far as the Valley of 17Mizpeh. And they struck them until he left none remaining.
And Joshua did to them 18just as the LORD said to him: he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire.
And Joshua turned back at that time and captured 19Hazor and struck its king with the sword, for Hazor formerly was the head of all those kingdoms.
And they struck with the sword all who were in it, devoting them to destruction;a20there was none left that breathed. And he burned Hazor with fire.
And all the cities of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua captured, and struck them with the edge of the sword, devoting them to destruction, 21just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.
But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned.
And all the spoil of these cities and the livestock, the people of Israel took for their plunder. But every man they struck with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed.
1522Just as the LORD had commanded Moses his servant, 23so Moses commanded Joshua, 24and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.
So Joshua took all that land, 25the hill country and all the Negeb and 26all the land of Goshen 27and the lowland 28and the Arabah 29and the hill country of Israel and its lowland
1730from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as 31Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below 32Mount Hermon. And he captured 33all their kings and struck them and put them to death.
Joshua made war 34a long time with all those kings.
There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except 35the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle.
For it was the LORD's doing 36to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, 37just as the LORD commanded Moses.
And Joshua came at that time and cut off 38the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities.
There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the people of Israel. Only in Gaza, 39in Gath, and in Ashdod did some remain.
So Joshua took the whole land, 40according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses. 41And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel 42according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war.