God gave them to Israel, who struck and chased them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and then to the Valley of Mizpah on the east. No survivors.
Joshua treated them following God's instructions: he hamstrung their horses; he burned up their chariots.
Then Joshua came back and took Hazor, killing its king. Early on Hazor had been head of all these kingdoms.
They killed every person there, carrying out the holy curse - not a breath of life left anywhere. Then he burned down Hazor.
Joshua captured and massacred all the royal towns with their kings, the holy curse commanded by Moses the servant of God.
But Israel didn't burn the cities that were built on mounds, except for Hazor - Joshua did burn down Hazor.
The People of Israel plundered all the loot, including the cattle, from these towns for themselves. But they killed the people - total destruction. They left nothing human that breathed.
Just as God commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it. He didn't leave incomplete one thing that God had commanded Moses.
Joshua took the whole country: the mountains, the southern desert, all of Goshen, the foothills, the valley (the Arabah), and the Israel mountains with their foothills,
from Mount Halak, which towers over the region of Seir, all the way to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon in the shadows of Mount Hermon. He captured their kings and then killed them.
Joshua fought against these kings for a long time.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)