And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities
For this also was a royal city, and had others dependent on it; and therefore must lie further from Hebron than before suggested; and indeed Burchard F11 says it was five or six miles from it, and another writer F12 says ten miles:
and they smote them with the edge of the sword;
the inhabitants of Debir, and the other cities adjacent to it;
and utterly destroyed all the souls that [were] therein, he left none
and yet it seems this city recovered again, and was reinhabited, and after the death of Joshua was taken by Othniel, ( Judges 1:11-13 ) ; unless, as before observed, with respect to Hebron, there is there a more particular account of the taking of it at this time:
as he had done to Hebron, so did he to Debir, and to the king thereof,
as he had done also to Libnah and her king;
that is, slew them.
F11 Apud Masium in loc.
F12 Fuller's Pisgah Sight of Palestine, B. 2. c. 13. p. 276.